So, blogging is obviously at the top of my list this week. I never post this often…but I’m feeling so inspired to live right now! I found these motivating thoughts that I wanted to share…
“If you don’t try, you don’t know!” – Anonymous
“I’m yet to meet someone who was disappointed they followed their dreams.” – Anonymous Facebook User
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but being afraid and doing it anyway, because you know its the right thing to do.” – Anonymous
“I guess getting out of our comfort zone is really a big thing!” – Anonymous Blogger
“It’s about faith now and self-certainty. Stay true to what you believe.” – Anonymous Blogger
“Following your dreams and being honest and authentic is always right. It may not be measured in material successes but for your spirit the pay off will be huge.” – Anonymous Blogger
As September rapidly approaches, I’m committed to taking steps to living the life I desire…that was after all yesterday’s epiphany! So, to start things off, I’m making photography a daily priority in my life. I may not be able to edit all of my pictures on a daily basis, but I’m going to commit to completing a Photo-a-Day Challenge next month. Here’s the list for next month’s challenge:
My current life interferes with the life I desire to live! – DMW
Sometimes I wonder if I sit and think about life too much. I’m always trying to make sense of everything and attempting to better understand how life works. I’ve been back at it again this week, but this time, I’m ready to not only think about things, but I’m ready to start moving and implementing the change I desire! Today’s conclusion: My current life interferes with the life I desire to live!
How did I come to this conclusion? After taking a moment to reflect on what my life looks like right now, I realized that there are a lot of things that capture my interest, but the self-imposed busyness of my life prevents me from seeking out those things. What I’m currently doing is preventing me from living the life I want to live. I’ve been wanting to take tennis lessons for a little while now, and today found out that the local community college is offering a class on Saturdays this fall. This made my day until I realized that on 4 of the 6 Saturdays that the class is being offered my schedule is already occupied by other things! Seriously…it’s not even fall yet, and my weekends are that packed! This left me feeling some kinda way because I’ve slowly allowed my life to be controlled by the desires of others, rather than the desires of my own heart. That’s not to say that the things that are currently on my schedule are not of interest to me because they are, but these things are interfering with the life I desire to live at this moment.
In light of this, I find myself reevaluating my priorities. I have to dig down deep and truly consider what is a priority for me…is it my career, spending time with my family, pursuing a dating life, exercising, hanging with friends more often, doing church work, spending time alone, taking pictures, competing in 5K races, taking classes at the community college…the list could go on and on and on. Recognizing the infinite nature of this list reminds me of the importance of always being aware of the fluidness of life. The world around me is constantly changing, and as a result, I must allow change to inhabit my life as well. Doing the same thing over and over again won’t yield significantly different results and resisting change won’t make life any easier. This shift in my thinking about my priorities may cause some strife and stress in my relationships with others, but that’s just the way it will have to be. As the picture references, “It’s time for me live my life on MY new canvas!”
Until next time…
Sunset at the Fort
My cousin reminded me on Friday that it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything to my blog. I was fully aware of this and have been wanting to post over the past few weeks, but I just couldn’t find the words to write. I’ve been in a bit of a funk and just feeling some kinda way…not physically sick, not ill, but not feeling well. I truly believe that when one area of our life is out of balance, it affects our entire being. So, my whole being has been a bit off kilter. While visiting the American Visionary Art Museum here in Baltimore on Friday, I saw a quote that summarized what I’ve been feeling pretty well…”We all go through feeling absolutely trapped before we can truly break free!” That’s it…that’s how I’ve been feeling…TRAPPED…STUCK…LIMITED…and it’s been getting the best of me.
I won’t go into the details because frankly, I don’t think they’re important; the gist of it is simply that I’ve been allowing people and things to get me off focus and out of my zone. I’ve allowed outside forces to manipulate my thoughts and control my actions and leave me angry, disgruntled, and feeling hopeless, trapped, stuck, and limited. I had one of my aha moments this weekend where I was reminded that I have so much of life ahead of me. I’m in this season of my life for an appointed time, and then it’s on to the next chapter, right?
So, given this moment, I’m back to living the life God has granted me. While out for a ride last night at Fort McHenry, we just so happened to be looking out over the waters of the Bay as the sun began to set and I got a chance to snap this picture. This picture reminds me of two things:
- The sun will indeed set on this chapter in my life at God’s command, and when it rises, it will indeed be new day that hasn’t been seen by anyone, including me.
- It may be time for me to set my eyes on the distant horizon…those goals and dreams that I have for my life may seem too far away to reach, but if I just keep working towards them, one day they will come to fruition.
Until next time…peace!