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- Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
With the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it's really easy to become numb. What I mean is that the busyness of life can become so routine (or for some overwhelming) that you can forget to be fully present in the present moment. Being both physically and mentally aware of what's in front of you can be challenging. If this is you, then this is your reminder to wake up, set aside distractions, and focus on what's really important to you.
I know that it's really easy to be weighted down with other people's expectations of you. All throughout your life, you get messages telling you what you should do and who you should be. Growing up, you've been asked countless times, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" That type of questioning forces you to label yourself by an occupation and the lifestyle associated with it. Even though it's great to think ahead, what people miss the most is that it's perfectly okay to change your mind. People do it all the time. I've done it countless times in college. If a dream, goal, career, job, relationship, or current situation isn't working well for you, it's perfectly acceptable to change something about it. If you're unhappy at your job, you can change something about your job or get a different job.
Because of all that, one of the hardest ongoing challenges you face is being true to yourself. Listening to your conscience and heart isn't always easy. Sometimes mixed messages come out. Temptations, distractions, and old habits get in the way. When I need clarity, I usually need some time to myself to reflect on my current situation, process all of the information, and my feelings about it all to make the best possible choice moving forward. Whatever you have to do to gain clarity in your life, do it.
Be you. Be who you wan to be. You don't need anyone else's permission. Be the person who you've always dreamed to be. Be the person that you can be outrageously proud of. Do what's important to you. Do what fulfills your heart and satisfies your soul. If it also makes you happy, that's exponentially valuable. Have the life you want. You only get one and your time is preciously limited.
In a world of mixed messages, bravely be you.
Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.