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Today starts lent in the Catholic faith. This time is usually associated with reflecting and growing as human beings. I think this idea of lent is actually very relatable to anyone and everyone.
For example one term that comes to mind is spring cleaning. We make space for new items as we say goodbye to things that we don’t need or want anymore. Out of reach areas or forgotten spots get cleaned. Goals are written out for upcoming months. Some of us vow to pickup a new hobby, while others engage in correcting themselves by going on diets. Or refraining from certain activities. Ultimately I think we all participate in some sort of “lent”.
In keeping with what lent is to me, I wrote a list of things that I was going to give up ( pretty much like sweets, coffee, and some other of my faves..) but what I’m actually most excited about is what I’m choosing to learn and adjust. I decided I am going to read more, pray more, and give more. I want to be more patient with myself and my day to day interactions. Ultimately, I just want to be a better person. (I want to feel adequate in my own skin.)
Giving up material things are pretty easy but it’s the chore of changing our personalities and traits that I know will be my hardest obstacle, don’t ya agree?
Regardless of your idea of religion, or spiritual meditation, I think we all seek the same answers to the same questions. I have yet to meet a person that wants to repeat their mistakes over and over again. I don’t think it matters who you pray to, or even if you don’t pray at all, we all seek to be better versions of ourselves.
And to me, this is what this time of the year is all about.
I have noticed as I have gotten older my thrill seeking section of my brain is almost non-exsistent.
Ever feel that way? I remember when I was 16, I used to plot my escape route to another state. I graduated early and I couldn’t have graduated any more earlier than 16 to gain my independence. Let’s face it at that age you feel like an adult, but you are not one.
Traveling was my jam at 16. The further the place was from my home in South Florida, the better. I even wanted to claim citizenship in New Zealand. I swore to my parents that I would live there one day regardless if they allowed it or not. (Well, needless to say my mom was like yeah.. over my dead body)
Flash foward to 2017, I am almost 32.. (eek).. and my ability to take risks are less and less. Change is such a stressful thought now. This must be one of those consequences to becoming an adult.
I decided to be brave. I had my first Sushi roll today. Yes it’s not a huge deal, but I proved to myself I can “roll” with anything.
And, just like the sushi roll that I pretty much inhaled, I am going to try this method on other situations.
Consequently now, I am a fan of sushi, or at least the one that doesn’t have real fish in it.
Breakfast in Bed
This year already is going so fast. I have so many things I want to accomplish and already am feeling overwhelmed by my choices of how to tackle them. Is it really normal to take on to much? Is it normal to want more than what you already have?
Unfortunately this is the case, for me. But today I was thinking I need to slow down, and re-organize my thoughts. I’m always thinking ahead and barley live in the present. I preach all the time, but never practice what I say. And I’m a constant note maker but never follow through on all my notes! As I check one thing off, I am already trying to out write all the words that come to mind on the next line of paper.
Clearly, I have issues. I decided to give in and let it all fall into place. Because, God has a plan, and I need to just live. I put down my notebook and pen and got comfy in our guest room. I decided to pretend I was a guest at a hotel. (Ya know the ones you can order breakfast in bed at..)
Usually when you are guest at a hotel this means you are on vacation. So, essentially this is what I was trying to trick myself into being. My state of mind is always clearer when I am on vacation. So, today is my vacation day to recollect and tackle 2017 one more time.
Because, it’s just February and we still have 11 more months to figure it out.