We are all a work in progress. I know that I talk a lot about changing your mindset, but I truly believe that we can feel better! As we get older, we start to get settled into our “place” in life. Sometimes, we want to make changes, but don’t know where to start. We can be happy, but still looking to make changes, which can be scary and exciting at the same time.
I have been practicing law for 22 years and have teenagers, but felt late last year that I was missing something. I love to talk to people and decided to start this blog. It has been slow going, but I have been on a journey to make everyday better. I was not unhappy before I started this journey, just felt a twinge to try something new.
Once I took that first step, I started to make other changes too! I was nervous about telling people about my blog because it was out of my comfort zone. After I started, I got more comfortable and started telling the world, albeit slowly. I truly enjoy it and spend as much time as I can on it! I still worry what other people will think about it, but we are all a work in progress!
As children, we would try almost anything and not care what other people thought. As adults, we are trained that we should not necessarily act like that anymore. I found a great picture of a little girl playing in the rain with the quotation “remember her? She is still in there…inside you…waiting…let’s go get her”. I would use the photo, but I found out later that the photo had been taken from a book without permission. The feeling remains for me, I am working on getting back to that place of let’s try it all and not worry about the rest.
I have read two great books that have helped me on this journey: “You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness” & “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”. Please don’t get put off by the titles, as I think they are simply meant to shock. One is about understanding why we react the way that we do and how to deal with that reaction. The other is about how to decide what you want and how to get there by changing your mindset. They are the two sides of the same coin for me and have helped me a lot. I had been hearing about Badass all over and a friend recommended F*ck. I admit that until this last year, I would not have read them, but I am grateful that I have.
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These changes will not take place overnight and you may get uncomfortable, but change comes from making mistakes and feeling uncomfortable. I am definitely still working on a lot of things, but these steps towards making changes in my life have made me feel so much better. It is all about how you feel inside, you can do anything that you set your mind to! Find a friend or two who support you in these changes and talk to them. You will be amazed and by the people who step up to support you. You will probably make mistakes, but that is how we learn and get better at things. Not many of us rode our bikes without training wheels the first time without falling down. Just get up, brush yourself off and go again! You cannot make it if you do not try!
Our lives change every day for one reason or another, whether it be good or bad. We all need to learn to deal with both sides and grow from those experiences! Life should be about getting out there and trying something new. You may be extremely comfortable with your place in life right now or you may feel like you are missing something or both. Either way, try something new and see how it feels. Take a cooking class, buy some crazy sounding book, talk to someone new or even stop and look around for something that you have been overlooking. As humans, we have this amazing brain, let’s all go out and enjoy it! We are all a work in progress and we just need to take the first step.