I just wanted to write a short blog to take us all back to the very first post I wrote ‘ I love life moments’. It is such a precious feeling and one that I felt I couldn’t write about once and then never touch on it again. If we are to choose to be happy in our life, then we need to remember that when things may seem to be a little crap we have to reflect and find that one thing that we truly value in our lives. Hold onto that and remember how it makes you happy and nurture it. You may even be able to find that one positive thing (however hopefully more) in each day and this will remind you of how precious life is and how much you love it.
I began thinking that I do love life and I believe that on most days I can find a positive. However this reflection also made me realise the habits and routine that are so ingrained in me everyday. I like to believe I am spontaneous however it was becoming evident that my spontaneity was being heavily measured by how it would impact on the structure of my day. I all of a sudden realised I couldn’t handle doing things that weren’t planned and organised around my schedule without causing a little bit of anxiety.
This takes me to a beautiful morning where I truly connected with the I love life moment again, as I floated down a stream somewhere in Northern NSW in a Kayak, with a fishing line (I don’t even fish), watching the sunrise whilst the rest of the world slept (or were frantically getting ready for work). Rewind a couple of days when two of my friends that I work with suggested that we get up before work and go kayaking and fishing. Pretending to be the spontaneous person that I am, I instantly said yes. Meanwhile deep inside a little flicker of anxiety kicked in as I would miss a training session that morning, I wouldn’t get to do the normal prep before work and my carefully thought out breakfast might be abandoned. Seriously……this was a major wakeup call for me. Had I let the routine of work take over me completely??
So the morning rolled around and we were heading down the highway at 5am all a little weary but truly excited about the morning. It was so peaceful when we got to the creek and it was so special to see the world through someone else’s eyes. I got onto the creek and all of my worries and anxiety vanished, as I was able to connect with nature and remember what really is important in life. This may have been a first for me however this was the life my friend lives and he takes so much pleasure in sharing it. This is a regular occurrence for him before work and I can see now how it can easily balance life out. To step out of my own routine and see how someone else loves life was so special.
The morning was amazing with one fish caught and released, a few casts ending up in trees, a broken shoe and then me allowing a little bit of anxiety to kick back in to make sure we weren’t getting to work late (didn’t allow for those pesky road works though). The rest of the day we were on such a high as we had started the morning doing something amazing and sharing it with beautiful friends. Now that was one amazing I love life moment.
So my challenge to myself, and all of you is not to immediately say ‘no’ when someone asks you to do something. I know at some point we have all said no straight away and then looked back and thought, hang on why did I say no? I feel so inspired by my friends that they can connect with something they love to do and ensure it is balanced into their everyday lives. It is so important to step outside of the box and view the world through someone else’s eyes and to take pleasure in the experience. Challenge yourself to see the world through someone else’s eyes and all of a sudden you just may add another ‘I love life moment’ to your life!