What drives you? What motivates you to keep going when things get difficult? Is there something at the end of the road that you want to achieve? Reminding yourself of whatever that might be can help in difficult times. For me it’s a little yellow house.
Category: Inspiration and motivation
The only way to get things done, is to have some discipline. Have you ever paid attention to the amount of time you might be wasting watching a TV show that you’re not really into or reading mindless stuff on Facebook? And then you feel like you don’t have enough time to get the things that really matter done, right? It’s super simple and yet not so much. All I needed to do was find some discipline.
The Buddhist have this concept as part of their teachings – impermanence – and while I am nowhere near qualified to talk about Buddhism, I will discuss the concept and how I apply it to my life because if it’s helpful for me it may be helpful for you as well.
Who are you? Do you know? And are you comfortable with it? This question has been on my mind lately. In part because of a book I’m reading (more on this later) and because during a presentation, a photographer I admire said something along the lines of ‘be who you are and be awesome at it”. It got me thinking if I was really being myself (both online and off) and it triggered a whole plan for this blog.
“In a world of comparison and conformity, make your own statement. Honor your own truth. Have the courage to be yourself; risk speaking your own thoughts and claiming your emotions. Share your vulnerabilities, tears, doubts, and insecurities; let others experience the real you. Have the courage to be yourself and realize that you are a wonderful person.”
— Author Unknown
I am an introvert. It’s a label I proudly claim and from my little corner of the world all is well. I love to read and hang out with my dog and, of course, take photos. I (like most introverts) have been told I need to get out of my comfort zone. Why?!? There’s a reason it’s called the comfort zone, right??? OK, fine. Last night I did just that. I got out and to a social event where I knew no one. Talk about extreme (for an introvert, anyway). It’s not that I don’t like people, I just find it difficult to do the whole “networking” thing.
I was ready to leave. The sky was boring, there were too many people and it was already too late in the morning to get any good light. I walked out on the pier. Nothing. I walked down to the boardwalk and see if there were any good views from there. Nothing. Just as I was about to call it a day I strolled down to the lifeguard parking lot to take a look at the view from there.
The word that best describes this year so far is roller coaster. Okay, that’s two words. You get my point. So far 2015 has been full of huge highs, low lows, and a few events that have left me feeling angry and frustrated. Usually I’m good about keeping feelings and rants to myslef but that day I was so mad I needed to vent. So I did. In my moment of despair I posted a plea for inspirational quotes on Facebook and received a few funny and encouraging comments. But there was one person that really understood what I was trying to say. He commented that it seemed that I just needed to be heard and he was right.
Life happens. I get that. I haven’t blogged in almost a month because life happened. Work and school combined with a back injury really took control of my time and being inspired to blog just didn’t happen. And while I’d like to think I’d be prepared and have a blog post ready in advance or find something to write about regardless, well, yeah. Reality can be quite different. No matter what, though, there’s always a lesson if you’re paying attention.
It’s much too easy to get through the day, the weeks, the years and not even realize where you’ve been. It’s easy to go through the motions and keep moving forward in situations that give us nothing. But when we don’t pay attention, we can miss out on so much. What does it mean to pay attention? It means to be fully aware of where you are and what you are doing and who you are with. Some call it mindfulness or being in the moment. Call it whatever you want as long as you make a conscious effort to do it.
“Success is when you have the courage to fight for your dream, your character, and your integrity with everything you’ve got. It means taking huge risks, over and over, and saying, ‘I gave it my best.'” – Piper Mackay
Everyone’s definition of success is different and ultimately it boils down to what matters to you and what makes you happy. For some success could be owning a fancy car or having a closet filled with designer clothes. For me, success is being able to decide how I spend my time. Last year, when I learned she had cancer, I decided that spending as much time as possible with my dog meant more to me than anything so I left the Bay Area and moved back to San Diego. No amount of material gain was going to be worth more to me than being with her during her last months and if I had the chance to do it over I would do things exactly the same. It takes courage to define success on your own terms but to live life by someone else’s standards will never satisfy you.