I’m not sure if we will ever really know for a fact, what the point of life is.
Here’s my best guess:
To be happy
To express yourself
You know that feeling of longing or wishing to be somewhere else? I’ve certainly been there before, and felt that way. But, I don’t know if I will ever be able to feel that way again, and here is why…
We are, where we are, at every moment, because that is exactly where we are supposed to be. You can trust that every moment is here to teach you something, if you make the choice to learn from it.
At times, it can be impossible to stop and think about what life lesson is playing out at that instant. It could take weeks, months or years, until one day the incident comes up in conversation and you realize what it taught you.
I find it so comforting to think, that no matter what is happening, I’m exactly where I am supposed to be at that moment. It makes me stop daydreaming about the possibilities, and instead appreciate and enjoy the present moment.
Lately I’ve been having an internal tug-of-war between understanding the corruption around us, and exhibiting a positive attitude. When my eyes first started opening to the many issues we face in our society, I felt helpless. Then I started to believe that the more I shared, the more likely we would be able to advance past our primitive ways (collective consciousness). So, I had countless conversations with people who were interested, and people who were not. I began noticing that, although I believed that this would help move us forward, I was plagued with anxiety and a twisted stomach when the conversation ended. This made me question my ego, but my ego kept telling me that I was just excited and passionate about the subject. I started to feel like I was becoming a negative person, and people would have to decide if they had the energy to be around me.
Today was the first day that I started to understand what was going on, and how to move towards a more positive existence. It’s all about gratitude! As much as all of these structural issues upset me, they are what we have. If I put all of my focus on the negative, the negative will keep perpetuating through my life. If I alter my focus to appreciating what we have and believing that there is hope for a better future, the outcome will be more positive. It’s much like Isaac Newton’s Law of Motion.
Recognizing the need for change is important, but sitting around and talking about it won’t move us to a better place. Critical thinking, action and positive motion will guide us to a more efficient, loving, and thoughtful reality.
When we are first born into existence, EVERYTHING is new. We look at every moment of every day as an opportunity to absorb information and develop ourselves as members of society. As the years pass, we start to cultivate beliefs, and with those beliefs we begin to create boxes and parameters to live by. Once we start living in these boxes, it becomes difficult to believe anything that doesn’t align with our original set of core beliefs. Some of those beliefs are simple, like, “a rock is hard” and some are much more complicated, like, “I am a woman, and women should wear makeup in order to look pretty.” We create these rules, and we chose to live by them. In doing so, we close ourselves off to the endless possibilities that life has to offer. Stepping outside of our routine, comfort zone and state, presents us with an opportunity to see that worlds of people have grown up with different sets of rules, and different understandings of life. When we realize that everything we know, is written in pencil and can be erased and reworked, we start to realize our potential as humans in this amazing World that is our Earth.
Traveling opens our eyes and builds the resume of our soul. Once, I visited a tarot card reader/psychic medium, and I asked her to tell me about my past lives. She started to tell me story after story of many lives I had once belonged to. They were all just snippets and pieces of a full lifetime. I was so excited, interested and amazed at all the things I had possibly done. Then I looked back on the life I was living now, and started to think about it as if it were one of the stories she had shared. I realized that, my story would have given me a similar excitement. I’m from a wonderful family that has given me an enormous amount of love, encouragement and support. I found a career that allows me to be an artist for a living, and not starve! I’m so very grateful for this life and am eager to keep learning and unlearning and relearning everything, over and over again.
When I was 18, my mom told me that everyone is a perfectly wrapped, amazing gift. Some people start opening their gift right away, while others wait 30 to 60 years, or even an entire lifetime to share the contents of who they are with the world. When they finally do, they make the World and those around them a better place. As I have come to understand, discovering your gift has much to do with following your passions and excitements in life. At every moment in every day, we are given the opportunity to choose the path we’ll take. We choose it, sometimes so quickly that it goes unnoticed. Other times we feel like we don’t have any choice, but it’s our choice to feel that way too! The idea is to realize that there is always something you would prefer, and to take that path. It can mean being spontaneous, but it shouldn’t mean skipping school or work (unless it does). It doesn’t always mean that you are going to have fun, but perhaps you’ll be doing what your heart knows is right in that moment. I’m starting this dialog in attempt to share some of the amazing and wonderful wisdom that I have come to live by. I hope that by doing so, I remind you of the connection we all share.