When you’re life is going down a certain path it’s easy to believe that you have no other options, that forward is the only direction you can travel.
Sometimes you know we can reverse but you get that ‘I’ve come come too far to turn back now’ feeling so you keep going in spite of how you truly feel.
Wherever you’re at in life and whatever challenges you may be facing , there is a different kind of way. One that is more helpful, enjoyable and inflow.
You don’t have to carry on living a joyless life or a life of limited joy just because that’s all you’ve experiences thus far
If you’re open to the possibility of something then it’s possible, that’s the belief I like to hold anyway.
Life isn’t as rigid as you might think. You can stop, reverse, turn around and turn left or right. It doesn’t matter how far you’ve come or what other people will think
What matters is your experience and how you feel about it , within yourself.
Just because you’re used yo doing things one way, doesn’t mean you can’t do things a different way.
The idea of going back in time and making better decisions, saying yes instead of no and being in the right place at the right time is quite appealing.
Maybe you think your life would improve tenfold if only you could go back and change a few little things.
Perhaps your right but the thing is time travel isn’t possible.
It might be much more useful to give some thought to what you can do today to cultivate the life you want right now.
Instead of wishing your present circumstances away commit yourself to changing them.
Our life paths aren’t linear so just because you went down road A initially, doesn’t mean you don’t still have access to almost every other road.
Why make something when you can just buy it?
Eggs, sugar, butter and flour are all you need to make a cake. Then maybe some vanilla essence, chocolate chips and a bit of frosting to make things a little more interesting.
It takes much more time to measure out and mix those ingredients than it does to pick a cake up from a bakery or supermarket.
But there’s something in taking the slower route.
There’s something in the process, the effort and the care of something made by hand.
It doesn’t compare to simply picking up something batch made in a factory with a bunch of ingredients that you’re likely to find in a daily mail article as being the cause of [insert disease here].
There’s something quite beautiful about being willing to take the slower route when making something because in doing that you’re saying I care enough to take the time.
And what’s even more special is when you share that thing you made with someone else.
he things you can connect to and resonate with, the things that move you, fill your life with more of that.
I find myself energised, motivated and inspired by certain things. Whereas other things perhaps annoy me or bring out my low mood.
It doesn’t help to consume things that leave you feeling blue. It’s not the kindest way to treat yourself which is why it’s important to remind yourself that you have options.
Social media is a place full of content that can move you, if you let it. It’s great when you’re being moved by something that inspires you or makes you take action on the things you’ve been working on or if it teaches you something new.
On the other hand, if you’re being moved to publish a thread of angry tweets on something you don’t really know about that you’ll regret posting in a week or 2 then maybe think twice about what you choose to follow.
But also think about the ways you’re allowing yourself to be moved. It can be a beautiful thing.
I listened to a podcast recently that moved me to write something and from that I started planning for a future project.
I was moved to create which is something I enjoy and that’s what is important.
The things that move us can have the power to influence us into doing or feeling things we don’t enjoy and a lot of people aren’t even aware.
I think that’s pretty interesting.
If someone told you that giving up Netflix for 30 days and focusing on your project/thing instead was all you needed to do to reach your goal, could you do it? And more importantly, would you?
Sometimes those 30 days of commitment, consistency and focus are all you need to get the ball in motion, simply based on how it feels.
It feels good to turn plans into actions and work towards bringing a vision to life.
So think about something that is taking up time but isn’t adding much to your life and make the choice to let it go.
It doesn’t have to be permanent, make it an experiment and see if anything changes.
Recent I found myself running late and so instead of getting the bus I had to get an uber to make my train on time.
And so there I sat in the back seat feeling slightly anxious and playing the soothing sounds of canon in d major over in my mind in the hopes that it would keep my heart palpitations at bay.
It was my fault that I was running late so I resisted the urge to ask my driver to step on the gas. Instead we made small talk and he commented on what a lovely name I had and asked me where I was headed for the day.
In the end I was earlier than I expected and my driver left me with some much appreciated words of positivity. And so as I headed into the station to platform 4 I decided to tip my driver.
I used to love reading and I did it any chance I got. I’d stay up late with a torch reading a book under the covers until I could keep my eyes open no longer and as soon as I woke up I’d start reading again.
It was something so simple that brought me so much joy.
But the older I got the less I read. The time I used to spend reading was replaced by youtube, watching shows online and social media.
Now all of a sudden I’m in my twenties and read 100 times slower and it’s much harder to get engrossed in the books I read.
I think being on my phone and laptop, constantly switching between tabs and apps has trickled over into how I read. Reading is a calm thing that requires focus and time and I don’t give as much attention to those kinds of activities like I used to.
I miss the love of reading I used to have so I’ve decided to try and get it back.
I’m starting with reading to replace some of the time I’d spend watching shows and so far so good.
What was the last book you read?