When you are given the wonderful chance of rediscovering who you are it’s also a great time to do a bit of an MOT on the other things in your life. Like are you being the best version of yourself or could you do with working on a few things? Maybe a tweak here and there?
Me? I’m still working out where to start let alone how many years it will take. I’ve done some big changes like losing 2 stone which has made me feel great, but the last stone is being a stubborn thing. I’ve done things like decluttering everything from draws, cupboards to furniture. I have looked at just about everything and asked myself if I just like it or do I love it. If its a love it stayed but id it was a like it was out the door and replaced with something that I would choose and most importantly I love.
But there are the things that take longer and need to be worked on each day. Things that I use to do but then life happened and I stopped.
I stopped being me
and I need to find me again
So I am trying to be more observant every day as I am notorious for not seeing what is front of my face. I don’t see signs unless they are 6-foot neon signs with an arrow pointing to it. So I am trying to notice things more. Which means slowing down and being more now and less social media watching everyone else’s life thing. The world is full of wisdom, mistakes, lessons, experiences, ideas and creative inspiration if we just look up and notice it.
But I know my limitations. I can walk into the kitchen and forget why I went in there so I have to note down these new things I am seeing. I make notes, sketch doodles, take photos and make a note anyhow I can but making sure I do it every day.
I’m reading every day too. I use to read all the time but then life got busy and I stopped. Then we had phones which replaced reading at bedtime or spare time. Reading has got to be one of the best things ever. You can open a book and be transported to another country or a different time. Or you can learn a whole new skill or view of life.
I am being thankful every day too. At the end of each day, I try and be thankful for at least 3 things. Doesn’t have to be big earth-shattering things as the importance is being aware of what you have and being thankful for the smaller things. I also reflect on what didn’t go so well in the day, how I reacted and how it could have been better.
Lastly, and you might have noticed, I am writing every day too. Writing every day attracts discipline. For starters it makes you think. Then it starts to un-muddle your thoughts and instead of random crap mushing up your brain, your thoughts start to become structured and become more ordered.