The Pain That You’ve Been Feeling Can’t Compare to the Joy That’s Coming.

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It’s Tuesday, the second day of classes of my senior year, and this is the first day in about 2 weeks I have been able to sit down for more than ten minutes. My motor has been going non-stop for a week and a half and it is just about to crash and burn. I have been on an emotional roller-coaster that I just can’t seem to get off of. Today is my first day off from soccer and my body sure is grateful. I am learning to not let these things, these emotions, ruin my time here. Yes it is draining, yes I am tired but I am still alive, still blessed with this life and the people I love the most and hold dearest to me are here. Every day I am waking up with a new mindset, not letting the thoughts of yesterday or uncertainty of tomorrow control today. I am taking everything in as it comes and finding light in every situation.

Something that I have realized over the past few weeks is that everyone is fighting their own battles, no matter how big or small they may be. You really never know what someone is dealing with. A lot of s**t is happening every day in our world, but it is hardships and struggles like these that should open our eyes and help us be thankful for what we have. Tough times only make us stronger.

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” -Dolly Parton

If you take anything away from this post, it is the importance of generosity, consideration, and selflessness. In simpler words, BE NICE. Kind words, kind actions, they go a long way. Those acts of compassion no matter how small, could mean more than you think to someone fighting a battle you know nothing about. Kindness is becoming so rare and positivity and optimism, is almost non-existent.

Rid yourself of the toxins that this world has poisoned you with. Remove things from your life that are bringing you down, wearing you out and shine bright, if not only for you, for the others around you. Have eyes that always look for the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst and a mind that forgets the bad. Spread love everywhere you go.

I’m going to make everything around me beautiful and that will be my life.” -Elise de Wolfe

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10 Ways to Live your Life to the Fullest

And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln

  1. Make time every day to do something you love.
    • Whether its 20 minutes or 2 hours, make it a priority to find time in your day to do something that makes you happy and at peace. I don’t care if your schedule is off-the-wall crazy, if you spend 20 minutes doing something you love, it is worth it to take a quick break from your busy life.
  2. Don’t worry about the things you cannot control.
    • Why waste your time and emotions worrying over things you cannot possibly change? Some things are simply out of your control and we need to learn to accept that and move on.
  3. Don’t dwell on the past and stop worrying about the future.
    • The past is in the past and there is no sense dwelling on it now. It’s over and done with and our lives keep on going. Stop sitting around waiting for the future and worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow or the next day. Live in the present and be all there.
  4. Tell the people you hold dearest to you that you love them whenever you get the chance.
    • Count your blessings every day. In our world today, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.
  5. Don’t hold grudges.
    • Grudges are a waste of happiness. Apologize when you should and let go of what you can’t change. Anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person with true character to forgive. Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was okay and it doesn’t mean that person should still be welcome in your life but it means you have made peace with whatever happened and are ready to move on. Don’t live with hate in your heart and forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.
  6. Realize that you are in control of your own happiness.
    • Don’t let anybody else be in control of your happiness. If you aren’t happy, FIX IT! It’s all up to you. Life is too short to spend your time unhappy.
  7. Make light out of every situation.
    • Everything happens for a reason; we just need to figure out what that reason is. Look for the positives in every situation and think of it as a learning opportunity. Be thankful for the ups, the downs, the good, the bad, the happy and the sad, for that means you are alive and living. Without the lows, we would not be as grateful for the highs.
  8. Appreciate your surroundings.
    • Put down that damn cell phone! There is so much beauty in the world that we take for granted and don’t take enough time to appreciate.
  9. Get out of your comfort zone.
    • Do something you’ve never done before at least once a week. Do something that makes you uncomfortable. Don’t get caught up in the same old boring routines every day just because that’s what you’re comfortable doing. Make new friends, ask your crush out on a date, try a new food recipe or restaurant, hell, go skydiving! Don’t live with regrets wishing you had done something when you had the opportunity to.
  10. Be honest
    • Not only with others, but to yourself. Dishonesty drains energy and takes away from true happiness. If we are not honest with ourselves, we are holding ourselves back from learning and growing. Honesty will help you live a better, fuller life.

Life is a journey, not a destination. Life is as much about how you get where you are going as where you go. Living your life to the fullest is a process that will take your whole life to develop.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”- Albus Dumbledore

Now put down your phone and go live 🙂