Today’s blog is dedicated to my friend, Jennifer. She come into my life while I lived in Raleigh and I miss her company everyday that I am not there. The distance has been tough but when it comes to our friendship, we pick up as if there has never been any miles or distance between us. I love and miss you Jenn! May you have all the love, happiness and peace that God can pour down on you and your family!
We all have had plans, dreams and aspirations at some point in our lives. Looking back on my life, I know that nothing went as I had planned when I set out to discover what this world had for me at the age of eighteen. Many years later, a lot of frustrations, set-backs and tears followed with more up’s and down’s than the Appalachian Trail, I am happier than I have ever been.
I have always been a dreamer, zoning out, going to a place in my mind that only I understood. Knowing in my heart that my purpose isn’t finished. Knowing that there is something more in my life. A few years ago, they made the remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and I fell in love with the movie. I could relate so well. I often feel like someone is singing to me ‘Ground control to Major Tom’ but as it is pointed out in the movie, that song is more about courage than anything. Shall I even dare to mention that Ben Stiller, who plays the lead roll of Walter Mitty, is pretty hot as well? The longboard scene, the rough beard he grew..ya ya ya! Okay, snap back to reality….but seriously, if you have not seen the movie, I urge you to do so. Today.
I went into a store yesterday on a mission to pick up one item and as typical as it is, I left without the item I wanted but I did manage to stumble across this coffee mug. I debated if I really needed another coffee mug but the words on this particular mug drew me in…..”Live the life you have imagined”.
Do we really live the life we imagined or do we just live? I was just living until I reached my early 30’s. As a single parent, I moved from a small town to the city with three little ones in tow. It was a change. A big change but one that has forever shaped me and my kids. It showed us a lot more about life than we could of ever imagined. It taught us to step beyond boundaries, to have courage, to seek out the things we dreamed of and to never give up on what we wanted.
As I look at this coffee mug while I gather my morning thoughts, I know that life is a lot bigger than who we are. There is so much out there that fills all of our souls. We all have dreams, we all have aspirations and we all want something more. That something more doesn’t have to be anything astronomical or of great significance. It can be subtle. It can be grand. It can be anything you want it to be as long as it brings peace and happiness to your life.
Do not…and I mean, do not settle. It is a tragedy to settle. Waiting for good things, waiting for your dreams or a goal is a lot different from settling. Sometimes we can’t get where we want to be just yet but that doesn’t mean that we stop where we are and let it settle. That is a tragedy within itself. We keep working, we keep pushing and we keep believing in ourselves. There have been times when I wanted to achieve a significant milestone in my life but I had to wait it out. That was always hard for me to do but as I have grown in my personal journey, I am a lot better at waiting than I have ever been before. I never gave up on myself. I never doubted myself but I did have to pace myself. Learning that personal attribute is half the battle.
If you are not happy with where you are now, it’s okay. You have the power to change it. You are powerful in your life! Use that power to be better than you were yesterday, to go further than you did a month ago and to have that powerful mindset of loving yourself enough to acheive what you want for yourself! You will get there but only if you are helping yourself. It will not fall in your lap, it will not just magically appear. I believe that those who show perseverance and diligence in what they want, are the one’s who achieve the greatest things in life. Set backs? You will have them. Keep moving forward. It doesn’t make you stronger, it just makes you wiser.
My wish for anyone who reads this blog post today, is that you hold your head up, keep your mind focused on the life you have imagined and never let anyone tell you that it is not achievable or that you don’t deserve it. Get up. Dress up. Put on that music that makes you feel good and know that you are deserving of all you wish to have in this life! Now go out there and live your life! The life you have imagined!
Peace, Love & Hugs