“Wake each day excited to bloom in a new way.”
Over the weekend, I submitted my final class assignment for my Masters programme. With just a dissertation to go, I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown! I took some much needed time over the past few days to enjoy the rare lovely weather and relax and celebrate with friends. Spring is certainly in full bloom and I am loving the vibrancy of the beautiful flowers. Even more exciting, I was able to get the legs out yesterday, in this cute striped bodycon dress, for the first time in eight months! I paired the dress with this trendy light spring bomber I picked up from Primark recently. I added some pops of bright color with my lippie and boots.
Like the flowers of spring, I have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to bloom/flourish/thrive as a person. I have been engaged in some serious reflection about my dreams, goals, relationships and what I want and hope for my future. From my reflections, I have three key takeaways I would like to share with you guys:
1.) Comparison truly is the thief of joy.
As human beings, we often find ourselves judging our progress, in terms of where we think we should be in life, compared to others around us. I am turning 27 in a few weeks and many people my age are married or have children. Neither is applicable to me yet I am happy for them and content with myself. That is their journey and their path and has nothing to do with my own journey. Comparison brings nothing but misery to our lives, so why not just focus on ourselves and what makes us happy instead?
2.) Be proud of yourself
Similarly, what I learnt is rather than obsessing about the things I have yet to accomplish, I should be grateful and proud of myself for the things I have accomplished. I’m not just talking about the big things either like graduating from University or getting your first promotion. Be proud of the little things as well like staying committed to eating healthier, saving a little extra money or finally taking that holiday you’ve been dreaming about. Life is hard, the big moments are great but also remember to cherish the little moments, each and every one.
3.) Just Live!
Life isn’t a race. There are no deadlines or time-limits in place for when you should have achieved something in life, unless self imposed. Really, who needs that kind of pressure? Not married by 30? That’s fine. Still haven’t figured what you want to do with your life by 40? No worries. Just keep pushing, keep trying, keep dreaming, keep smiling and most importantly just keep living, making sure to enjoy the ride along the way. Live in such a way that when you’re old and fabulously wrinkled and reflecting on your life you can think “Man! Cheers to a good life!” I mean, isn’t that really the dream?
Until next time :). Stay Chic, S.