Are you currently doing something that makes you happy? Or are you just really comfortable?
‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.’ – Maya Angelou
You know that song, “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack? The lines that have always stood out for me are these:
‘Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone.’
I truly hope you never have to wonder where your years have gone, and that you never feel like it’s too late to make a change for the better. Because it never is.
And in aspiration to that, I ask you to think, for an hour, a day, or even the whole week, about what you are doing in your life right now and how that is either helping or hindering your goals or your contentment.
Are you taking a class to acquire a skill? Have you signed up to a dating app to find your soulmate? Are you making sure you tell the people you love that you love them, even when you are scared to or you’re mad at them?
Maybe none of those things bother you. You seem to have it all but there is an internal struggle. It could be that you hold a little extra weight in your middle section or that your skin isn’t as clear as you’d like it.
Instead of looking in the mirror and pointing out what you don’t like to yourself, make yourself stand there and say something nice about yourself. Something like ‘you have beautiful eyes or an ass that won’t quit.’
‘I find myself telling her how beautiful she is anyway. ’Cause it’s true – all women are, in one way or another. You know, there’s always something about every damn one of you. There’s a smile, a curve, a secret. You ladies really are the most amazing creatures. My life’s work. But then there’s the morning after. The hangover, and the realization that I’m not quite as available as I thought I was the night before. And then she’s gone. And I’m haunted by yet another road not taken.’ – Hank Moody, Californication
Conceivably, it could be a societal issue, not a personal one. Everyone always asking when you’re getting married or if you’ll be having kids when all you want to do is work on you for the moment? Or you have another kind of life planned out for yourself and children and marriage may not even be in it?
I ask that after you have thought about your life, write a submission, anonymous or not, and start with one of the following or something of your choice:
- My goal is… and I am doing [a task] to achieve it.
- I affirm that today I choose to [do something] for myself because I deserve it.
- In the future, I want to [have something] so today I am…
You don’t need to have your whole life figured out today but you can reassure yourself that you aren’t a bump on a log or standing still. You’re a work in progress and need to be handled as such. Everything can be written in pencil and changed later.
Please send us your submissions here.