Serious apologies for how long it has taken me to get up another post --my drafts folder is full of posts I started and never finished. I have been extremely busy with the other websites that I am managing. This one unfortunately can't be my first priority anymore because it isn't my job, but I sure do miss it. I'd write on it every day if I could. The good news is: the Global LEAD blog that I have been working on so diligently for months and months is FINALLY available for you to view!!! Check it out here :)
No rhyme or reason to this post. I just wanted to make sure I got something up on this blog as soon as possible, and in the next month or so, I'll start putting a lot of deep thought into the posts I already had going to make sure they're good reads for ya.
I got to see all of the people who mean the most to me this weekend, but I am also experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety about all kinds of college-related things. I did a lot of reflecting today, and I want to share with you the positive things in my life that stood out to me that made me feel better about everything going on that is bringing about these negative feelings.
1. A moment that I felt not a single ounce of stress.
I had not a worry in the world. The weather was great, my friends were there with me, my tummy was fed, I felt great, I felt accomplished...
In that moment, I had nowhere to be. I lost touch of the concept of time. I got to take in the view and let its beauty consume my heart. It was pure peace. And every time I returned to the mountain, these feelings would return, and I've never been happier. Anytime I feel stressed, I think about how I felt when I let go of any care in the world on top of Table Mountain.
2. A moment that I felt appreciated.
Through food, we've learned to value the time when people sit down at a table together and enjoy each others' company. We put away our cellphones, pray, go around the table and say what we are thankful for, and tell one another about our day. We talk about our goals, our passions, our past experiences, funny stories, deep secrets, and everything in between. In these moments, I feel appreciated more than ever. All eyes are on the speaker. When I have something to say, the table gives me their undivided attention, and I do the same when I am a listener. Anytime that I feel under-appreciated, I think of how I feel when I'm at the dinner table with my friends.
3. A moment that consumed me with surreality.
The moon rose on one side of the sky, and the sun set on the other. The colors were vibrantly omniscient; the water was mystically foreign, and I've never been in a zone so deep. It was a beautiful moment that I never expected I'd have. Any time that I feel my life is dull or boring, I remember the feeling of running onto the beach and into a brand new ocean for the first time.
My challenge for you is this:
What would your answers to these moments be? What comes to mind when you think of a moment that you truly felt no stress? What comes to mind when you think of a moment that you felt most appreciated? What comes to mind when you think of a moment that was surreal, unbelievable, and challenges anything pragmatic about your life with its decadence? Your answers to these questions are not only moments that you treasure and that you hold dear to your heart, but moments that define the type of person you want to be in the future to ensure that you're being the best version of yourself. To stop feeling so stressed, I need to feel a sense of accomplishment so big that it overpowers everything so small. To stop feeling under-appreciated, I need to continue to surround myself with the people who lift me higher and care about what I say, what I want, and what I feel. To stop feeling bored, I need to submerge myself in new and exotic experiences that draw me in and take me away from reality for a little while. What about you?
Give yourself a quiet moment and think on these things.