We only get one life. We need to learn to embrace it and make it the best we can for ourselves. Time goes by fast, so don’t waste it on negativity, hate and issues or people who drain the life out of you.
Recently I became very ill. I saw three doctors who all said the same thing, “Honey, your stress level is way too high. It’s going to kill you”! It was a real eye opener for me. I didn’t have the best childhood. Actually, most people don’t know (because I don’t discuss my personal business a lot) that I suffered a lot of abuse as a kid. That abuse carried over into my first few relationships until my jaw was cracked and my ribs were bruised. That day I looked in the mirror and said to myself, “No more”! From that day forward I changed everything for the better; for me!
I got off track a bit. As a result of suffering and abusive childhood, I ended up being a people pleaser. I was OCD about doing things right and fixing things around me. I was always the person to lend a helping hand, give my last dollar, give my time and energy to those who needed it…but…I forgot about me. Don’t get me wrong, I still am a giver by nature. I think that as a human being we should all help one another when and if we can. I think the thing is we need to learn to give to ourselves as well. Don’t abuse yourself by not taking care of yourself. We all have upkeep just like a car! It’s so important that you take care of your mind, body and soul. Learn how to meditate or find things that make you feel happy inside. Don’t look to other people to make you happy because really it all starts with you! If you have dreams (which I hope we all do), follow them! Never give up on your dreams. It doesn’t matter what age you are, with age comes wisdom. Life is full of mistakes that are really just lessons. It’s up to you how you apply what you have learned.
Life is a gift. A short, beautiful gift that we should embrace. Learn to enjoy all the simple things in life. You never know when tragedy is going to strike and everything is taken away from you. You don’t know when your last day on earth is. All you know is that you have the current day that you woke up into. Take that day and make it worth living. Laugh more, love more, kiss more and hug more! Did you know that Buddhists believe that hugging is essential to living a happy life? I believe it. Do things outside your circle, outside your box. Talk to someone you don’t normally talk to, learn another language, travel to some place you dream of. I’m guilty of working and always trying to save money for something. What if the day never comes that I can do that something? Plan those trips, follow those dreams, learn those de-stressing techniques. Give thanks and gratitude to God or the universe. Whatever you believe in is your preference but always remember to be grateful. Embrace life! Embrace you!