No matter how many times you’ve failed before. No matter how many times you’ve talked yourself out of your own success. No matter how many times others have tried to block or hinder your progress. It’s never too late to turn your life around.
Let us be like a waterfall constantly moving and flowing never stagnant. Only in this motion would we continue to grow.
Fear, self-doubt and negativity can have us feeling like there is no hope for a brighter tomorrow. Don’t sit by any longer accepting that is just how it is or how it is going to be. Reject those feelings and thoughts.
Look around you, see and BELIEVE that you CAN be MORE than who you SEE in the mirror.
You ARE more than what people SAY about you.
If you look deep within yourself, I am sure you CAN almost FEEL in your CORE that you ARE so much more.
Aren’t you curious to find out just how special and amazing you are? 🙂 The contribution YOU have to make in this world is important! Stop denying yourself the opportunity to uncover the real you or your purpose. Don’t deny the world of your gift. It’s never too late.
Get up and go after your passion or your dream. Marching in one place will get us nowhere. Step by step, one day at a time we WILL overcome our challenges and discover who we ARE meant to BE and what we are here to DO.
Some people leave this world never learning what their purpose was in life, never achieving or pursuing their passion. I don’t want to leave this world without positively impacting the lives of those I’m fortunate to reach. I don’t want to pass through this world like a flash of light but rather leave behind memories and words that shine brighter than the sun.
Existing in this world is not enough, it is time to start living in it. It’s never too late.
As always, thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life. 🙂
Who am I? I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend. Hmmm, maybe what I am is really a Customer Service Specialist turned Liaison Assistant who transformed into a Collections Officer and Supervisor reborn as a Business Analyst who explored what being a Monitoring Officer was all about. A few obstacles and blessings later to resurface as Head Administrator and Teacher. Now I am an aspiring writer and motivational speaker.
Do all these experiences define who I am? I don’t believe they do. All they tell you is who I am to the various people in my life and where I have been in terms of the jobs I’ve held but who am I really? To answer this question, I think I have to look at who I was.
I was always trying to please everyone and spent little time focusing on the things I loved doing. What that was exactly, I didn’t really know until recently. I would try to improve various aspects of myself hoping to make others like me but I soon realized that the ONLY person I really needed to like me, was ME.
I felt as though I always needed the approval of others. Making a decision on my life sometimes seemed terrifying. Some people profess to never care about what others think but that was a real problem for me. I am certain that I’m not the only person out there who has felt like this at some time or another.
One day I realized that I was not really ‘living’ but rather just existing. I was tired of doing the same things over and over that did not make me truly happy and more importantly it was time to fix it. I told myself,”enough is enough“. No more excuses, no more self-pity. Fear of the unknown and criticism would not be allowed to hold me back. It is my time now! The reality was it could have been my time anytime I wanted, the problem was, I was not ready to claim it.
‘Living’ is a state of mind that requires us to take action. You see, knowing that you’re not happy or satisfied in any area of your life is one step but actually doing something positive about it is where the courage comes in.
I am smart, strong and determined. I am pursuing my dream and loving every moment. I know, who I am.
‘Living’ versus ‘existing’, is there a difference? Is it important? How does this apply to my life? First, let me say that, there is a difference. Yes, it is important, only if happiness is something you want for your life. As for how it applies to your life, you would have to read on to find out.
Living for me, goes beyond the typical definition that is, “possessing or exhibiting life”. It is taking the life you have and making the best and most use of it. When you are living you are constantly moving, improving and learning. Existing on the other hand, means “having existence or being or actuality”. My version, just sustaining life. We do this when we go through our daily routines day after day with no real drive or sense of purpose other than to get through the day and hopefully not die while we do it. Our lives should be so much more than that.
Here are my Top 12 Signs you are ‘Living’ and not just ‘Existing’.
You make time to treat yourself ever so often rather than list excuses as to why you should not.
You make time to do fun thingswith your family and friends. It is not just about work, work, work.
You do not allow the challenges that life brings your way to keep you down or depressed.
You are always seeking knowledge and wisdom in various areas of your life.
You are willing to explore newthings and places. Start small by doing simple things example, try new foods, go to a dance class whatever excites you.
You are resourcefulat solving difficult situations. You are not afraid to go after what you want. You do not allow the word “No” to discourage you instead you use it as a motivator to find a solution.
You do not let negativity of any form keep you from enjoying your life. You know that life is too short to waste it on negative thinking or negative people.
You strive to be positive and not negative. You choose to enjoy the good moments; learn from the bad and move forward.
You recognize that you don’t exist in this world by yourself and thus you try to help others less fortunate than yourself whenever you can.
You recognize and accept that no one is perfect.
Your focus is on striving to be your best self and living your best life.
You do not leave your happiness to chance. You recognize that true happiness comes from within and thus do not depend on others to make you happy.
Living versus existing is therefore a state of mind. Someone who is ‘living‘ makes the decision to do more with the life they have and often push themselves to do more because they expect more. Whereas a person who is ‘existing’ often chooses not to “rock the boat” opting to do no more than they have to as they go through the motions of their daily life.
Ask yourself, am I existing or living? What is more important though is, what are you going to do about it?