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2012 was the year I decided to change my life completely, for the better.
Like lots of twenty- and thirty-somethings, at age 27 I was stuck in a rut. I spent more time asking myself ‘what am I doing?’ that living in the present. And it wasn’t my parents or my boss or my friends telling me I couldn’t do what I truly wanted with my life. It was me.
I was the person who closed doors that were wide open, more times than I could count. I was crippled by the anxiety of not knowing what would happen if I steered off-course from the path that I thought I should be following, because having faith that ‘whatever will be, will be’ is easier than actively pursuing the adventure I craved.
But then something changed in my inner monologue. I started to say ‘why not?’ instead of ‘no’ to my desires and visions. I decided to stop making fear my enemy. To stop letting it guide my life choices. I started taking more risks, like singing in a subway as a dare from friends, then dancing in some of San Francisco’s busiest areas. The I did something scarier. I left my job. My stable paycheck of nearly six years, that afforded me all kinds of luxuries and stability, but ultimately didn’t fulfill me.
Ever since I made that decision in December 2012, my day-to-day reality has been an amazing ride into the unknown. I can tell you with 100% sincerity that I haven’t felt as happy and free and ALIVE since I was a little kid as I do now. I’ve traveled to beautiful places, moved to a city that feels like the home I was always searching for, ran two half-marathons, built my own skin care services company, and began an everlasting love affair with writing. All because I got off the path of least resistance and forged my own way.
I changed my life for the better, and I know and love myself much more deeply because of it. I hope this blog inspires you to knock down your own walls and live the full life you’re capable of living.
Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path. – Taken from Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
With courage, love, intensity,