Motivation for self-doubters
What a shame it is to lose our childlike imagination to the pressures and stress of adulthood. What a wonder it is to not. Can you picture how balanced, full and wonderful your life would be if you were able to combine your childlike ambitions with the knowledge you now have as an adult? Learning to let go of stresses you needn't actually worry about will be your greatest reward in moving forward in life.
A person who pursues their passions with talent, dedication, knowledge, a willingness to learn and grow, and persistence to back it up is powerful. There's no doubt about that.
Of all the things to do in life, and there is arguably an "unlimited" amount, what you choose to do will matter. We create our own meaning in life. Choosing where yours will be may seem like a difficult task at first, but when you learn to trust your gut and value it as a simple task, life becomes a lot more directional. Lightheartedness will also be a valuable asset.
I am no expert in mindfulness or being an adult. Certainly I am not, but my experiences along the way to (almost) 24-years-old, have allowed me the time to reflect, embrace and believe in my mind, a future that is not my past and the people who make my environment a more sustainable, balanced, happy place to be in. I feel more assured I am on a solid path for self-belief and self-encouragement after a rough year that has shaped me and my reality now.
We have the power to rewrite our futures to not be a product of our pasts if we are willing to put in the effort and time with ourselves. And, if you are reading this now, or even if you're not and are just somewhere out in the void in need of friendship, support or other, you are worth the time and effort. Say it in your head if you don't believe it yet - "I am worth the time and effort."
Who you surround yourself with is incredibly important. Whether you're an introvert, extrovert, or, so my Meyer's Brigg personality test results once told me, "an introvert with extraverted tendencies," everyone needs someone. Your vibe attracts your tribe, right? That said, who you decide to be in your daily life is essential. Approaching your perspective and cognitive function with proactiveness and productivity has the ability to produce a healthy self.
The person you need most in your life is you. Be a friend to you. Treat yourself with the same kindness, empathy, understanding, respect and belief you would your best friends. The world is not your responsibility. Learn to let go of the things you can and believe in the power of possibility that's within you.
You are in the driver's seat. This is your life. You make the decisions. Who you put in the passenger's seat is helpful and important too, yes, but the person you need most has their hands on the wheel. Excuse the overused analogy, but it's so true. You will put different people in the seats at different times. Some will fill up a bus and stay there throughout your life, while others may get in and out. It's all situational. Remember to enjoy the ride and value the moments you get with people. The self you choose to be along the way should be your focus.
When you start with self belief, value, ambition, happiness, productivity, positivity and all the other self-affirming adjectives you can think of, the rest will happen for you, because you will make it happen. Push yourself forward when no one else will do it for you. Ask for help when you need it. There is strength in admitting when you need help. You are not on the road alone in life. We may be going different routes, but we are all under the same universal experience as I expressed in my first post, the human experience.
My challenge to you is to do something that surprises you today, whether it's choosing to have a positive perspective where you might've previously had a negative one, or having a social outing, though you feel you'd rather stay at home.
Walk through those doors in life when they're open to you. You never know where they might lead, and isn't that the beauty of it after it's all said and done? Anything can happen, so anything will. Anything!