I started off 2021 with such a zeal and fire to go for my dreams and goals this year. From goal planning, to launches, and more content ideas, I was on fire. Quickly I realized that running after the future had my day-to-day life feeling meaningless. I would wake up with a full agenda, but I was neither truly embracing my day nor deciding to see the beauty in it.
Then I got the wake up call I didn’t know I needed. This was called COVID-19. Before I knew it, the lively go-getter began to feel depleted, no sleep was enough, stomach pains, headaches, and fever began to overtake me. I kept trying to work through it, until I realized that I needed to stop.
I quickly realized that I hadn’t taken one day off since New Years, and my body, my life, my mind, and overall well-being were needing this.
So, I took 11 days off to get better and this is what I realized:
First, our bodies are fragile, and when our bodies don’t function properly God can’t function through us. Many days I wanted to be up living and working. I would get new ideas, but my body was in pain. I realized that my body is fragile and the key to a healthy long life is by taking care of the temple.
Second, every day of life won’t be perfect, but every day we are still here has beauty in it. I quickly noticed that the money in my account didn’t matter or the new car that I wanted to buy, but what mattered was that I was still here, and that was beautiful. I could still call my Mother and hear her voice, I could walk my dog, I could hear the birds chirping, I could see the ripples of water on the pond. Long story short, I saw that life was beautiful not because of my goals, or my things, but that I still had the opportunity to live.
Thirdly, I saw how I want to live my life. Before COVID it was all about the next goal, the next level, the next big mountain to overcome. But I learned that it’s not about those things, but really about how I want my life to be. I want it to be full of lessons, joy, and living. I didn’t want to look up to accumulate all these things and not have true joy to go with it. I want a life of adventure. A life of possibilities and hope. A life of seeing beauty in the little things.
I share with you my wake up call. The call to wake up to this beautiful life and see all the possibilities before me to live. To go on the hike, to buy the tacos, to go to the thrift store, to ride the bike, to eat breakfast on my patio, etc. To just get back to living and not limiting all the beauty already in my life.
I hope this inspires you to wake up to all the beauty in your life!
"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."