In today’s post I’ll start and end with a quote.
“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling…”
– Aldous Huxley
I just finished my first semester of college. As I slowly get closer to beginning my ‘adult’ life, I have been spending more time reflecting on who I am and who I may become. As I learn more about my strengths and weaknesses, I look to the future, trying to forecast the triumphs and pitfalls I might experience there. I get so overwhelmed with preparing for the future that I forget to live in the present moment.
Moving through life ‘lightly’ is essential for the stability of the mind. Sometimes I need to stop taking things so seriously all the time. There are so many things I want to do in this short life, but anxiety only degrades the life’s quality.
Activities like rock climbing, yoga, and running are great ways for me to slow down and take in the moment. Until, that is, that I get the idea in my head that I need to be ‘really good’ at these things. My ‘try hard’ mentality makes any form of failure at a much higher mental cost, and the time spent simply isn’t relaxing anymore.
Maybe I need to learn to ENJOY the things I do rather than trying to be ‘good’ at everything. That way I can enjoy my life without being so stressed out all the time. I can make more time for relaxation and spending time with friends and family.
Remember to ‘move lightly’ through your day to day life. Take events as they come and don’t get too emotionally invested in events and activities that are temporary. I once was overthinking a social situation involving my best friend. Some of the best advice my Dad has ever given me came in three words.
“Just relax man.”
Focus on moving through your life with a much heavier emphasis on the present and you will lead a much more fulfilling life.
Take a deep breathe and relax!
I just finished my first semester of college, and I’m realizing how little time I have left to make an impact in this world. I feel the urge to grab ahold of my mind, body, and life and use it to make a difference. To reach my full potential I need to take advantage of every moment I have.
How can I shape my mind in the ways I want it to be? What do I need to do in the present to set myself up for success in the future? In what ways could this moment be used more effectively?
I don’t want to just stumble through life blindly without a mission. Who wants to wake up someday and realize they wasted their youth on frivolous activities? If we all took ahold of our destiny and used that knowledge to help others around us, this world would be a much better place.
The age and time I am in RIGHT NOW is the best time for me to begin to shape the person I want to be in the future. And stress isn’t always a bad thing. As we go through stressful situations, we expand our ability to handle those situations.
There was a time when I was debating whether or not to take on a new project. I knew it would probably be good for me, but I was already stressed out about the other things I had going on. Some of the best advice ever given to me came from my Dad in three words.
“So sleep less.”
Focus on bettering yourself and taking good opportunities. This is the key to leading a fulfilling life.
Now is not the time to relax.
“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts…”
– C.S Lewis
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