Last weekend I went to a retreat that was held in a cabin in the country. It was beautiful there and the people attending were wonderful. It was a great experience for me. Before the retreat, we were asked to bring pictures. A picture of us from early childhood, teen years and young adulthood. Also pictures that bring us joy, gratitude and peace. As I searched for pictures, I also found lots of different pictures of trips I have been on, people I have known and adventures I have taken. Life is an adventure – after all.
Here is the picture I shared of myself at the retreat as a little girl. I would describe her (ME) as a girl full of joy and ready for adventure. I have this picture out all the time in my home, so it was easy to find. I usually look at it and say to myself, “What would this little girl want me to do – to enjoy my life?” She would want me to enjoy the moments in life. Be present and have fun. Be confident like her. Laugh and play and make friends.
I was not as excited about sharing this picture of myself as a teenager. I still had the thoughts of myself as a little girl. I still wanted adventure – and I had some- but as many teenagers… I was also insecure. I wanted be a “cool” kid – but in my mind I wasn’t cool. I was still the person who loved to laugh and make friends. If I could go back in time – I would tell myself that even the “cool” kids are insecure. And to just enjoy being me! I wish teenagers could see that this is a time to enjoy and don’t waste time trying to be “cool”.
So then I have this picture as a young adult. I got my confidence back. My insecurities took a back seat to my desire for adventure, to make a difference, to be of service to others and to love others and be loved. I had FUN! I enjoyed the Moment! I didn’t care about being the “cool” one! I was more focused on being genuine and positive.
When I am driving somewhere and get lost – I don’t call it a problem. I call it an adventure. When my plans don’t turn out the way I expected them to – I get frustrated at first. But then I call it an adventure. My life – YOUR LIFE – is an adventure. We just have to choose to see it that way. Don’t try to just survive each day. THRIVE EACH DAY. Your life is what you make it. Make your life an adventure.
Be Positively Inspired.