What is does living fully alive mean to you?
To me, my life is slowing becoming exemplary of living fully alive.
I meet new friends on a daily basis, I take little adventures constantly, I like who I see in the mirror, I come home to an amazing puppy and wonderful boyfriend, and I work a fantastic job. Already, at the age of 24, I know what drives me and I know where I find solace. I am true to myself and I try to be the best version of myself possible.
I know this all may sound pretty braggy, but believe me, it is far from it.
I wasn't always like this, in fact, the Summer of years past is quite different from the Summer of today.
|The Summer that tied|
her value to others.
So what changed?
My perspective, mostly. My desire to live a more 3 dimensional life, my willingness to disregard my ego, and my shift into becoming more introspective and spiritual rather than judgmental and logical.
I started genuinely loving people, not the unhealthy relationships that I had been dragging with me, instead I consciously made an effort to surround myself with passionate, positive, and like minded people, especially fellow women. And I loved them with no expectation or thought of what they could do for me.
I started forgiving myself. I forgave myself for being too critical, for being so anxious all the time, for jumping from one relationship to the next, for finding myself in my significant other, for the drugs I had abused my body with, and for all the many, many mistakes I had made.
|The "Give No Fucks"|
I started putting my value in myself and not in those around me. I started choosing my significant others carefully, and knowing that if that relationship wasn't forever, it would be okay.
I stopped trying to control everything and everyone around me.
The biggest thing I started doing was saying no to the toxic things and saying yes to the opportunities I wanted.
I am by no means saying that I am perfect. Far from it. I am constantly evolving and fluidly changing. I am not the person I will end up being ultimately and yes, sometimes I do make mistakes and question my choices, but I am so happy with who I am and who I am becoming. I have found my inner guidance, and I found my passion.
|You deserve happiness, but |
no one is going to do anything for you.
You have to make it happen.
So make it happen.
This shift did not occur overnight, it took years of watering my open-minded garden. It took meeting strangers and taking advice, finding role models and mentors, going to counseling, quitting the jobs I didn't like, taking myself on a solo two month cross country road trip, and making small decisions every single day to become who I am today.
You can do it. It starts right now. Who do you want to become?
It doesn't have to be one big huge shift. It just has to be a bunch of tiny shifts in the right direction.
Go, become who you want to be. Nothing is holding you back.
Journey on, friends. <3