A new season just started and we’re creeping closer and closer to the end of 2017.
It’s been a wild year for me so far, during which the only constant has been change. Some good, some not so good, but always with a lesson to teach.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far this year is acceptance. I’ve learned to accept what I can’t and can change, and to focus sharply on the latter. There have been many times this year during which I’ve wasted time focusing and becoming frustrated over things that I simply don’t have control, over instead of focusing a strong effort on improving and changing the things I do have control over. Luckily those times have not lasted very long, and I’ve always been able to shift my perspective back to what really matters, and that’s living my best and most adventurous life, all while making sure those who matter to me know how much I love and care about them.
It’s okay to work hard, it’s okay to have to spend a lot of time away from home, it’s okay to have to make long commutes, it’s okay to have to choose sleep over going out with friends on a Saturday night, it’s okay to hustle and make sacrifices. In fact, if you’re anything like me, this is just simply part of life and we have to accept.
However, just because all those things I mentioned are part of your life, doesn’t mean they ARE your life. We have the ability to make a change and become who we want to be, even if only on a part time basis. So if you want to be an athlete, lace up and get out and train; if you want to be a painter, grab a brush, some paint and a canvas and paint; if you want to be a poet, put your pen to paper and express yourself! Whatever your passion, fuel it!
I urge you all to set a goal which you believe you can accomplish before this year ends and set yourself out to do it. Choose a goal which will help you better yourself and feel fulfilled and help you distract yourself from the pressure of every day life.
I promise you once you achieve that goal, you’ll start to realize that life is about being happy at every possible chance you get and sharing that joy with those around you. Life is too short to not be happy and smiling all the time!