Even thought we are two weeks into 2017, I still want to say Happy New Years to you all beautiful people!! For some a new year means a clean slate to start over, to let go of hurts, disappointments, and failures. For others it may mean starting of 2017 without a loved one and finding strength to get through the rest of your day. For many this year will bring many joys and celebrations.
I know for me 2017 will bring many positive and life changing decisions.
Couple weeks ago I saw a hummingbird flying around a blooming flower tree near my patio. And I stood their and watched for about ten seconds before it flew away. That little ten second moment got me to thinking about the past year. As I look back to 2016, I see most of it as a blur. Just as a mockingbird flies at incredibly fast speeds, and doesn’t stay in one place for a merely but what feel like seconds, that’s how I remember 2016 and frankly most of my life.
Most people say the older you get the faster life seems to pass you by. And up to that moment that was my life. When will it stop??! I want to be happy and enjoy living EVERY moment. Is this what the rest of my life is going to feel like? Busy, bustling, stressful days that turn into years and IF I hit retirement age that’s when I will start living and appreciating life? Am I the only one feeling like this? I’m twenty six, and I feel burned out and exhausted. And I’m tired of feeling this way. I don’t want life to just pass me by.
Not one of us is promised to be alive the next minute, hour, or day. That is what 2016 clearly showed me and others. Many will say “Ahhh, that’s the continuing circle of life, we live we die”. But what about the moments in between?
This is where I’ve told myself ENOUGH. I will hit the slow down button. I choose for myself to slow down , be calm, relish the moments of everyday. That means when I’m drinking a cup of coffee, or brushing my teeth, or cooking dinner, I will be present in that moment. This is hard to do in the living in one of the world’s most busiest and crowded metropolitan cities. Especially when you are dealing with insane amounts of traffic on a daily basis, the feeling of not having enough time in the day to do anything, and not your brain set in the the constant hurry, hurry, hurry mode.
That is why I’m saying this year will bring life changing decisions for me. Because I will start enjoying my work and career, I will be positive and happy about the traffic I have to endure and conquer on my way back from work. I will be enjoying studying, writing papers, and test taking days for a Bachelor’s Degree. And I will be enjoying EVERY moment I have with my husband.
This may be the most used and cliche phrase out there, but really I wish for not only this year but the rest of your life “stop and smell the roses”. Live in the present. Whether you are experiencing tragedy, new life, regrets, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, or happiness, every aspect of life is beautiful.
As I wrap up this post, I’m excited to announce a new series I will be bringing to the the blog called “Moments in Between” celebrating and sharing times in life from a new perspective not only from my life but my readers lives:) . I hope you will join me.
I want to leave you with one of my most favorite quotes written by a poet, spiritual leader and peace activist
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”- Thich Nhat Hanh-