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Scare Yourself into Living

Lately, my days feel longer. Time still flies, but I can look back on a day and feel good about how much I accomplished. A year ago, time was flying and I would look back on the day, feeling like all I did was work, and I might as well just go to sleep because it was already so late. I am so glad this is not the case as of late.

(The pictures in this post are from a one-night camping trip I took this weekend with my friend and her family. I got to try out my new Kammok that I won and I LOVE IT! All photos here are shot with GoPro Hero2).

I think part of it is that I have this buzzing energy, constantly reminding me that life should be lived, and lived well. “It” has been dormant for the last few years in my brain; I’m sure poorly managed stress, alcohol, and the normal things that deter people from their purpose caused “it” to hibernate.

I am glad it is awake again.

I am glad I am awake again.

This is not the first time I have been awake.

When I first started college, I felt it. It kept me up late at night, creating, writing, and thinking. It’s back again – “it” being something I think everyone is capable of. It is YOU. Your purpose is also you. When you start to uncover your purpose and true calling, you feel it. Every part of your being is buzzing and humming with the energy of being awake.

How do you find “it?” You allow yourself to change. I had to quit drinking, leave people behind, and leave a perception of unhappiness I had created for myself and for others. I simplified my life by simplifying my mind. Nature helps. Travel helps. Adding yoga and meditation to my daily routine have helped me the most.  Getting yourself out of your day-to-day routine also helps. This allows you to look at your life from a distance, and not necessarily a safe distance. You also might not like what you see.

But you can change it. You are the only one who can. Fill your mind with positive thinking by changing your reactions. Change your scenery. If your job really is awful and there is no way to find any shred of positivity about it, leave it. What do you have to lose? If continuing college is like pullling teeth and you’re skipping class more than you’re going, quit college. (See previous blog post about quitting college). You do not have to stay in any situation you’re in if you don’t want to. Free yourself. FREE YOURSELF. You deserve it – this life is yours and you get to live it.

I’ll leave you with this great quote & a link to watch the video on Vimeo. Have a wonderful week, and if you have a blog, link it to me in the comment section; I’d love to read! 🙂

“If you’re living your life where you scare yourself a lot, that’s really living. None of us are getting out of here alive so you might as well scare the crap out of yourself and do things that are important to you.” -Todd Sanders, Roadhouse Relics in Austin, TX.

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