“How would your life be different if…you decided to give freely, love fully, and play feverously? Let today be the day…you free yourself from the conditioned rules that limit your happiness and dilute the beautiful life experience.” – Steve Maraboli
It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here. Sometimes when I look back on the last few years it seems as though nothing has changed and other times it seems like everything has changed. It’s like when you run into someone you haven’t seen in a while and they ask, “How are things?” The usual answer seems to be, “Oh you know, same old.” It can be overwhelming to explain to someone you haven’t seen or talked to recently what all you have been up to. And it’s easy to forget, too.
My husband (yes, I’ve since gotten married… you know, same old) and I were recently trying to remember what we did for my 30th birthday last year. Both of us had trouble remembering and ended up going back to old credit card statements to jog our memories. And it was a fantastic birthday weekend! Awesome brunch, beach bar bicycle crawl, amazing french dinner, NBA game. But we get so wrapped up in the day to day that we forget to take the time to remember the good stuff. And there is lots of it.
We just got back home to Santa Monica from Boston after hearing of the unexpected death of my father-in-law. If there is one thing that everyone seemed to take away from the trip it was, why wait? How often do you say that you want to do something, only to put it off thinking that there will be a better time? Whether that be visiting family, calling a friend, learning a new language, starting a new job.
For me, writing is something that I really enjoy, but sometimes find it hard to come up with “worthy” (whatever that means) topics to write about. I’d like to make an effort to live a life that leaves itself open to interesting writing. And that doesn’t mean extravagance. It simply means doing the things that give us fulfillment – visiting family, cooking good food (my love language), seeing friends, and most importantly, loving more.
While I don’t necessarily make resolutions at the beginning of each year, I’d like 2015 to be a year of documentation. Something to look back on and remember what it is we’re doing here. It’s not just about trudging through life and making it to the weekends. Yes, that is part of it. But let’s look for the good stuff. It’s in there, now let’s go find it.