If there are any words that describe my life today, these are about to be set in stone.
Embrace the Journey, huh?
After today they will be a part of my life forever if they have not already been. While I have talked about life’s journey often and my life’s motto, I have continued to be amazed at how important and sweet it really is to live.
Every day is a set of miles we drive down the road of life.
Many people get caught up in the everyday hustle of life and forget to stop and see the sights along the way. They forget to stop and smell the roses. They go to work, run their errands, and conduct their business with their heads buried in the sand.
They forget to smile, forget to joke, forget to really treasure their time no matter what they’re doing. They complain, they’re negative, they don’t look to have fun, or just run their life on autopilot.
It is much better to be driving the car then using its cruise control.
There is something to be said about having a mindset where you’re present and living. While I would love to be able to admit I am in that stage 24/7, that is not true, but I can attest to living present as fully as I can much of the time. There was a time in my life where everything was about planning for the future and I had no idea I was not living.
It took some hard times to snap me into reality that life is about the here and now and not about the future. Life is about living in the moment.
It would be easier if hard times or stress didn’t exist and we could stay fully present all the time, but that is not reality. But it is how we react to it that can allow us to return to living present and being able to embrace the journey even though hard moments.
While there are hard times in life that I would rather skip and Lord knows I have had my share, sometimes the paradoxical life moments we endure allow us to find our journey a little richer. I hate to admit this but it is true.
Take any hard or challenging times and burn it as fuel. We learn from these times.
As we learn, we grow. As we grow, we live. As we live, we drive.
As we find our way through the days’ next miles of our journey road, we find the ability to keep going further, longer, harder.
And some days, we find ourselves out on the road at 100 mph, taking it all in and living dangerously by pushing our limits. Dangerously, in an adventure way, not in a hazardous way.
Today is one of those days. Doing something 18 years in the waiting.
What was waiting for? The right time?
Well, there will never be a right time. So when you want to do something, do it. If you have waited, do it. Get prepared if needed to do so, and do it. My 18 years proves waiting becomes stagnant.
Life is about doing, not waiting. Fear, uncertainty and doubt crippled me all these years. Ridiculous as today conquered over that and the life high is immense.
Start doing things you have put off and still want to do. Start checking off your bucket list checklist. Find the things that bring you joy. Find the things that bring adventure to your life. If we want to do something, it means we think about it, we desire it, we want it.
These can be the simplest of things that cost no money. In fact, it is those things that make life so much sweeter by experiencing.
Why would we not do those things? Erase the I’m too busy, too scared or not sure why.
Trust your soul. Make each day your masterpiece. Take on the unthinkable. Step outside your comfort zone.
Run over the fear, the doubts or the lack of time and just go do those things you have waited so long for. Add richness and experience and fun to your life. Go travel your road.
At the end of the day, isn’t that what life’s about?
Embrace the journey. Embrace your journey.