Making your way through this journey called life can feel hard at times. There are moments of pure joy and elation and other times when you feel as if you cannot pick yourself up the floor. And then there are those moments when you are floating in the space between. Blindly going through life. Moving from one thing to the next without truly feeling or experiencing it.
How do we move deeper into the moment?
Each day I wake up and follow my morning routine. I drive the same way to work. Go in and out of the same doors. See the same people and have similar conversations. Every Monday we ask what the other has done over the weekend. Every Friday we talk about what we are going to do with our time away from the office. I eat a lot of the same meals. Go to bed around the same time.
I feel as if I am living my life on autopilot.
How can I break this cycle? Do I need a monumental change or can small things shake it up? I want to feel this life more deeply. Be present in the moment and take in experiences and interactions I am having. I do not want to just have a conversation with you about the weather. I want to get to know you more deeply and I also want you to get to know me.
We have to be willing to show up and share our stories. Letting your guard down invites others in. When you show up and allow yourself to be seen you give others the permission to do the same. This is where connection blooms. This is what takes us off autopilot.
You don't have to move to a new place to experience new things. You my just have to take a new route home. There is a world out there right around your block that you have never experienced. Go ahead and explore it. What is there might change you. You never know until you give it at try.
We get comfortable in life. We know what to expect. We know where to go. But in order to grow and develop we have to move past that comfort. We have to do something that scares us. It is going beyond this fear that forever changes us.
What one thing can you do today to take you out of your routine. To push you to connect with someone new, nature, yourself? How can you challenge yourself to go beyond?
This is your one wild and precious life. Live it wide open. Explore. Grow. Expand.