Sure, I understand life is anything but easy... yet I still find myself being so gosh darn impatient with my inability to know exactly what to do, and then anxious at the possibility of "failure." What's up with that? Seriously. Oprah Winfrey said, "Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility." I couldn't wholeheartedly believe in that statement more. Nonetheless, I am left discontent with the monotony that is and overwhelmed by the possibilities that lie ahead. My harsh logic just doesn't make any sense.
I wonder if, maybe, at some point in my life I won't feel this way. Maybe I'll be able to take a deep breath, a step back, and fully enjoy the journey I am creating, the story that is unfolding before me. It certainly is something to think about.
But whether that transformation happens sooner or later (or at all), I mustn't forget to be kinder to my worrisome self. It is very okay that I'm grateful and fearful simultaneously. After all, I know firsthand I'm not the only one.
And, if I truly need a break, I should give myself just that.
Recently (within the pages of this month's Self magazine), I discovered that there is actually scientific evidence to prove we can change our disposition simply by changing our scenery.
- Rivers, lakes, oceans: "Water's aesthetic qualities, such as its rhythmic movement, may induce a calming effect on our psyche."
- Forests: "Woods spark contemplation and clarity. 'When we're isolated from the everyday hustle and bustle, we're forced to turn inward and connect to ourselves in a deeper and more focused way.'"
- Parks: "'Designed to be gathering places, parks give us a sense of togetherness, with their inherent social aspect,' ...And spending time quality time with friends and family is proven mood magic."