I’ll be the first to admit that when I officially became an adult I was a pretty crappy self-parent. I had a misspent youth that I thoroughly enjoyed. Like St. Augustine who said Lord give me chastity, just don’t give it to me yet, I took full advantage of all of my freedoms.
But after the “out all night and rolling into work on one hour sleep” years I eventually got it together. I remember feeling like there was just so much life out there. So much to do and see and experience I rarely said no to anything that came my way.
I thought that was what it was all about. Living from experience to experience, staying in the moment and having a ball. Was I wrong?
I don’t know that I was or at least not entirely. My focus shifted from the outside to the inside and my journeys and great adventures take place on the inner and spiritual planes now. I traded my “up all nights” to be in bed by 10 pm (unless there is a really good reason), but I see more sunrises.
I watch less TV and read more good books. My idea of getting away from it all used to be a trip to Vegas and now it’s a weekend retreat offering vegan food, yoga and meditation classes, LOL.
My choices, tastes, and appetites may have changed, but what hasn’t changed is the joie de vivre that I carry inside. My willingness to do things that scare me. My desire to see whats next.
Really whats the alternative?
Some people will bemoan the state of the world and use that as their excuse to stay small, safe, and comfortably afraid. They huddle together with folks who only think thoughts like their’s and all agree with one another that living small is where it’s at.
I know those folks. I’m related to these folks. I love these people.
You know what they say about me? 30 years ago it was…. She stays out all night, she’s crazy. 20 years ago….. You know Jodie is jumping out of airplanes, she’s crazy. 10 years ago… She’s always running off on diving trips to God knows where she’s crazy. You know Jodie she always did her own thing, but JODIE IS HAPPY.
Don’t get too far away from what makes you joyful. Nurture it. Life has taken me on some awesome journeys and like Bilbo Baggins, in the Hobbit, I am probably ready for the next one.
Whether it’s big or small, whether your travel across continents or to your own backyard when you are happy the divine is shining through you and your connection to All that Is is strengthened. Life is where you look. Choose your focus well.
I have a knack for broadening the horizons of my clients in love, finance, and business. Need to uplevel your outlook to see the changes you are dying to make in your life. Don’t be afraid, let’s talk. Life is big but it doesn’t have to be scary and you don’t have to be alone. I can bring the support you need to live the life you want! I have openings this week and next, what’s holding you back?