Until recently, I didn’t know the difference between these two. It actually seemed like the same thing to me. I was in a fog and very wrapped up in my routine. Can you relate?
For many years, I was just living. Really just getting by in life. I wouldn’t have said I was depressed but I also knew I wasn’t very happy. But hey, I had bills to pay and a job that paid me well so that was enough. Or so I thought.
It can be easy to get comfortable and fall into a routine. It can become easy to be complacent, stuck in the rat race and struggling to feel some meaning in the day to day.
Life can lose its spark, if we let it.
One day, I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I started to ask some of the hard questions to figure out my place in the world. My goal was to create a life I could love. Other people were doing it, why couldn’t I?
What does it mean to truly live?
1. For me, it’s the ability to embrace and investigate opportunities. No more self- defeating talk; “it can’t happen for me” or “this is just how it is and its good enough.”
2. Spending some time in quiet reflection, even if only 10 minutes a day, to check in and see what I need for self care and self love.
3. A deep look at what is lacking in my life and the fearlessness to make some big changes.
This wasn’t easy and often times scary. I believe life begins at the end of our comfort zone. This is how we truly begin growing. I wanted to see life as an adventure and began looking at the universe as guiding me in the right direction not conspiring against me.
The payoff has been leaving a lack luster corporate job to find my true passion; creating mindfulness products, holding workshops and writing about my own struggles and wins so others can feel empowered to create healthy change in their own lives.
It isn’t always easy but if you ask yourself what it means to truly be alive and showing up for your life, be willing to take a few risks and trust in your inner voice, you will find your special place in the world.
Have you ever felt like this? Where are you now on your personal journey?
We’d love to hear your story!
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