I look at the man in the mirror. His face reflects the life he leads, and the life he witness. Is this the life he envisioned many years ago? Is he living the life he dreamed of? His eyes reluctantly tells the truth. This life is not the life he expected. It’s not as bold, as great, or as beautiful as his childhood dream. It became the life of the status quo, a life of mediocracy. It’s never too late to stop and change the trajectory of one’s life.
Improving one’s life involves accepting where you are right now, knowing where you want to go, and taking small actions focused on the life you want. Small actions creates small accomplishments. Small accomplishments builds momentum to do amazing things. Momentum can pull you through difficult times in order move in the direction you want. Momentum can drive you beyond what you thought is possible.
I feel like western society slowly strips away a person’s dreams because it’s not practical or not in line with other think your life should be. People who care about us wants us to play it safe and do it their way. Doing remarkable things are reserved for other exceptional people. My dreams and I slowly drifted apart in order to do what other thought I should do. These notions of what ought to be started grinding at me. Life wasn’t satisfying. It started to be empty. I didn’t feel like myself. I wonder what it feels like to doing what I love and what I am obsessed about. If I know where I want to go in my life, I can create a road map to guide me there. I believe everyone can do great things and are exceptional in their unique way.
What were my dreams, passions, and obsessions when I was young? What did I want to create and build in my life? I need the time to reconnect with my dreams, passions, and obsessions. I decided to strip things out of my life. Stripping things out of my life will focus my energy and remove outside influences that would sway my thoughts.
I feel like I did too many things that spread my energy too thinly. I was unable to create the momentum to build anything meaningful. The tug and pull of each endeavor made me feel guilty that I didn’t spend enough time with it. I finished my formal education last Spring. I took a leave of absence from work. I plan to go on my road trip so it’s only me and the open road.
This strip down life gives me time to stretch my arms wide open and accept things in my life. It feels good like a refreshing rain on a hot summer day. I can choose to bring it into my life or cast it aside. I can assign meaning and a perspective that is uniquely my own, not heavily influenced by others.
I hope I can find direction by stripping my life down as minimal as possible so I can reconnect with my dreams, passions, and obsession. It’ll also give me time to spend time with myself without outside influences swaying my thoughts. I hope I can look at the man in the mirror again and smile because I can see how fulfilled his life is by living the life he wanted to live.