Five Steps to A Meaningful Life
- Be open to new experiences
- Live in the day
- Trust your gut
- Be creative and take risks
- Seek new challenges
When I read this list, I think, hey, I can do those things. But then I stopped and really read the list. I’m pretty open to try new things, but if I’m completely honest with myself… living one day (this day!) at a time, is hard. My mind races with all the things I could have done or what I should be thinking about or doing tomorrow or next week or next year.
Living a life on your own terms is tough. We can debate whether it should be tough or not, but that is irrelevant. I hope we can agree that finding a path for one’s life that deviates from the ‘norm’ is hard work. I’ve experienced people making fun of me or rejecting me because I chose to go my own way. Finding my way requires me to change. The way I think, feel and ultimately, act.
The hardest parts for me are:
- having enough faith in myself to withstand the ups and downs
- finding support from others who appreciate the journey
Acceptance of Myself is the Answer
I’m finished with the arguments with myself about how I’m not good enough. I accept myself exactly as I am.
I begin each day reminding myself that I have found my way through lots of adventures and will continue to be able to do that. I appreciate myself. Whatever negative feelings I am carrying, I will remember that feelings do not last. The way I feel right now; I ‘m not going to feel this way forever.
I’d like to show myself as much compassion as I do other people. I promise myself this, every single day. This self compassion is the key to being able to change. I want to change… even if I’m not sure how I should change, I still know that being flexible and accepting of myself are the way forward.
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