Although a younger version of myself was more naive and listened to what others said before I took action, I am happy that I have always had an inquisitive mind and I quickly learned to only listen to my gut no matter what people said. If I had not done that I would not be writing this today, but that is another story that I might share in the August issue ;)
It is only when you feel a loss that I believe something inside you makes you wake up if you are not a driven person. When something bad happens to you ( which is part of life) or when you lose someone you care about, two things happens, either you wallow, throw a pity party and do nothing, or it drives you to live life to the fullest. For me it has always been the second one.
With all the challenges I have encountered in life I should probably be depressed in bed doing nothing and thinking why me, why did it happened to me... but me being me, I always say... ' go on life... what other life lessons do you have for me?!'
Everything that happens to us is either a blessing or a life lesson and we need both to appreciate what life is truly about. Life is not easy, is not full or rainbows and birds chirping. Life WILL knock you down a few times. Sometimes so hard that you'll feel helpless, depressed and wondering what you did to deserve it, but guess what... they are all life lessons that you can either choose to learn from and keep going or use as an excuse to do nothing in life.
We are all shinning stars in our own right, no matter what you believe in, be you!
Make YOU happy, become the best version of you! Some people may not like it but that is not your problem! With a few billion people around you cannot expect to get along with everyone, so surround yourself with people who lift you up, who understand where you want to go in life and who will allow you to fall and make mistakes but at the same time be there for you to catch you and help you see what the life lesson was.
One of the best pieces of wisdom someone gave to me once was this: "Elise, you are going to be dead a lot longer than you are alive! so live it up!" and boy were there spot on!, we have all heard the classic "yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to come so all we have is today". Listen to that because is true!
If today was your last day on earth what would you do? It's time to take more chances in life so time to stop existing and start living! Make your mark in the world, what do you want your legacy to be? There is too much I could share about this topic but if all I did was make you think about it, then my job is done.
In essence, always keep moving forward, and if you don't have people around who can motivate you, buy a book ( hey, feel free to buy mine on amazon if needed), go on Youtube to watch videos... nowadays there is no excuse to find positive content that can lift you up 24/7.
If I was to give you one tip today on one step to start living life to the fullest it would be this:
Find your power track! And by that, I mean find that song that the minute you put it on, your heart starts racing, your blood gets pumping and it makes you get up and get moving. We all have a few of those. Music will always help you kick start any bad day you may be having and it will help you want to do something!
Living life to the fullest can be a learning curve for many, and just like a habit, the more you practice the better you get at it.