Oh the excitement, I can hardly contain myself, this is it, today is the day!!
But wait, hang on.
Today’s the day and tomorrow will be the day, and the day after that and the day after that.
In fact, every day is THE day because every day brings a new start, a fresh perspective, unique experiences, opportunities and challenges.
Exciting isn’t it? OR is it?
Is every day like the last? Do we have groundhog day most days, where we do the same things as we always did, we don’t change, we don’t learn, we don’t encourage and we don’t appreciate what and who is there in front of us?
Do we show who we really are and what we have to offer the world?
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
As very small children, we have no sense of self, we look in a mirror and see a reflection but we don’t know that to be ourselves.
Then we start to grow and become more aware of who we are, what our peers think and do and how we see ourselves in the world.
As teenagers, we try the latest fashions, have new experiences, develop relationships and often struggle with finding our place in this world.
Nature v Nurture
How we react to all this change will depend upon how we are brought up, what influences are brought to bear and what experiences we have.
We all know that one person who seems to have the “perfect life”, who makes no effort and succeeds in everything, at sport or academics or work or just life.
The “perfect life” is just a figment of our imagination. Such a thing doesn’t exist; everyone has challenges or failures that they have to recover from or worries and doubts. Often these go unspoken or hidden.
Within all of us, whether hidden or otherwise are great talents, unique elements that the world deserves to see. We all have the ability to offer so much and sometimes we just a need a little nudge, a bit of encouragement.
So where next?
So where does that leave us then?
Well, it leaves us exactly where we started, as unique individuals, amazing people with special qualities that are waiting to be seen and heard.
There is a lot of talk these days about living “authentically” but what does that really mean? It means nothing more than being yourself and live your life, your way.
If you can find what’s right for you, what gives you the freedom to be yourself, the opportunity and the creativity then grab it and go with it. Don’t be put off.
By reaching to the outer edge of what we can achieve will be exciting and frightening in equal measure; it will open up avenues and opportunities you never thought existed. Some will work, some may not but that’s the excitement of it all.
A Life Well Lived
Can we change habits, can we change from where we are today? Can we still aspire to different things and achieve them?
Of course we can and we absolutely should!
Experiences are what make a life fulfilling.
Having dreams and goals are what brings us alive, what makes our pulse race, what makes the day, weeks, months and years ahead seem exciting.
As individuals we are all amazing, we all have so much to offer and to be grateful for.
But The Real You – the one who can come alive, this is the one the world is waiting to see.
So here’s to audacity, courage and humility – go forth and conquer.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman