In my life I have experienced a lot of craziness. I think we forget we all have in our own way, we’ve all been witness to sorrow and heartbreak, trauma and depression, anger and pain, frustration and fear, but we have all also experienced happiness and joy, love and light, positivity and miracles, smiles and embraces.
No matter what you’re feeling or what you’re thinking the present moment is where you should be. My friend Angela said this the other day, which may be a quote from elsewhere, and it absolutely resonates with me: “Be where your feet are”.
Be grounded in the now.
A lot of people my age have been placed on this fast-track toward their “successful career”. I was fortunate enough to have a mom who stayed home often to take care of and raise my brother and I, but so many have had no one around looking after them or been raised by a system whether it be the government care system or childcare.
Regardless of how stable or unstable your early childhood life may have been, the pressures of society in the United States are overwhelming and rampant – especially on children and teens.
People have all too often becomes cogs in a machine, we get boxed in by societal standards. The appropriate process and progression of life seems to be going to school and graduating high school, going to college, getting an advanced degree and/or getting a job that will lead you to a high-paying job.
Not everyone is capable, willing, or destined to follow this path. In fact, I would beg to believe that most people shouldn’t.
It doesn’t seem as if we are offering children the opportunity to live their own lives and pursue their dreams, but instead we are pushing whatever aspirations we believe we should have on everyone.
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you “grew up”? I wanted to be a lot of things. For a while I wanted to be a garbage person (PC is sanitation worker, but as a child I only called the job “garbage person” so we’ll go with that), an astronaut, a dancer, a writer, a rockstar, a singer, and quite possibly a plethora of other random things.
At a young age I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I read all the time and would scribble away on anything. Sure, I got a little blindsided every now and again pursuing and believing that my dream wouldn’t come to fruition but I’ve gotten a lot better at living in the now.
I’ve gotten a lot better at not having plans. It’s great to have dreams and goals, plans and back-up plans, but these don’t have to be set in stone. I have short-term and long-term goals, but I’m not committed to my own personal idea of how to achieve them as God works in mysterious ways and I have witnessed so many opportunities and made so many connections especially as of late that I know that the right path will be provided to me as long as I stay aware and present.
When you live your life with hope and positivity, when you dream and do, goodness will come to you because you will attract it.
Live your life with love and stay in the present! 🙂