There comes a time in our lives when we wake up and realize how much we take life for granted. How much we stress ourselves out over the little things. Whenever there is unexpected loss around me, I reflect on this. It’s wild to me how our lives can drastically change. How we can be alive and well and suddenly fall ill and be removed from this world. A few weeks ago, Kris said it perfectly, “we forget that everyday we are dying and need to be present in our experiences.” We never know when our final day will be. We have to stay focused on what gives our spirit joy.
As we get older and start “adulting,” the stresses of everyday life can overtake us. We lose our free spirit from childhood and the belief that anything is possible.
Why do we lose our carefree and spontaneous attitude?
What causes us to lose a positive outlook on life?
We get caught up in the expectations and guidelines of how we are told to live our lives. We are taught to work ourselves into a dark and sleep-deprived hole,
that success is money,
that money will make us happy,
and that after we turn 30 we need to settle down, get married, and have kids.
Though society says that we need to do these things, ultimately, we get to create our own path. We uncover what brightens our spirit and gets us excited to start each day.
As children, we are naive to the world, but we embrace our curiosity and spontaneity. This is the thrill of being a child.
We are carefree.
We follow our gut.
We make friends with anyone.
We do what feels right.
We aren’t scared of anything.
We enjoy every moment.
All of these qualities that came with ease, we now yearn for. But we haven’t lost the ability to tap into these thoughts and feelings. We cannot forget that we always have the capability to change. We can always become the person that we want to be. It is never too late to accomplish anything. We need only to stop putting our goals off and giving ourselves excuses.
Life does not have to be so complicated. Life is a series of decisions. When we waver or doubt ourselves, that is when things become complicated. We work ourselves up over an issue that could be easily solved. Some of us tell ourselves that we thrive off of the pressure to complete a task or the stress of making a difficult decision. But for those of us who don’t, we have to remove the drama or fear that can cloud our judgement and get to the matter at hand. Once we have sifted through this, then can we take a deep breath, focus on the issue, and make a decision that feels right for ourselves as individuals. The decision that we make may not be the best, in the end, but there is always room to adjust and change our path as necessary. If we remember this, then we can begin to release our stress and focus on living instead of just existing.