This month marks me reaching my 29th birthday. I remind myself not just to live but to reflect. When you reach certain points in your life you begin to realize it’s not solely just about one or the other, but through reflection comes life. In order to appreciate where you are, one has to see who you’ve chosen to become.
Chosen to become
“Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” – Oliver Goldsmith
You see… life is a series of decisions you make based off of a multitude things. This includes your upbringing, your environment, your experiences in terms of what you’ve been through or witnessed, what you have learned, the people (or lack there of) around you that influence you and who you are in your soul. At the same time there’s something to be said that at any point we’re able to decide to do something or become someone, out of the blue or ordinary. That we’re not confined to our pasts.
Everyday we have the opportunity to not just start a new day, but to also be a new you. Drop that habit, pick up this outlook, learn this new skill, take away that mentality, add a new routine, etc. Not that it can’t be complicated, but it can be as simple as doing just any one of those things. You don’t have to wait until a certain mile marker or milestone to begin.
Yet, before change we have to realize where we are. There’s always a starting point at any journey…..
If you have a start, you have a goal or a finish line.
There were times where I felt unaccomplished, a lot of times actually. I would constantly remind myself it’s all a process. The issue isn’t that I wasn’t working towards my goals, because if I didn’t have a steady job then I always was on my career path, if I wasn’t with that possible life partner person then I was taking time to figure myself out more, I still haven’t hit my target weight but I’m far away from what I use to be. Those are only a few examples of what we all go through, especially myself. Realizing the point in where you were to where you are can help guide your next step.
In the beginning I alluded to that the choices we’ve made up to this point helped contribute to where we are at this point. However, there are a lot of things that happen to us that we have no control over. Where you have to learn to give it to God and let go, having faith that it’ll work out. In reality, a large percentage of the time you don’t choose the things that happen to you, but you are in charge of your reaction to those things.
Although life may feel like a competitive race against others, it is in fact an obstacle filled marathon with one opponent…yourself. One where if you continue going further you’ll always be ahead of where you began.
And at this age, that’s what it’s all about. To take wherever you began, whoever you were, however it was and use it. Utilize it in the next phase of your life. Whatever it is you choose, choose it and move forward to that new you.
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