Life comes without guarantees, except that smiling will brighten your face, laughter will enhance your eyes, and falling in love will change your life – Melissa Gaug
Think about the times in your life during which you’ve made significant change. One that stands out for me, and probably many others, is falling in love. When you fall in love you make numerous changes in all parts of your life that will directly effect your immediate world, and even the world of your loved ones and closest friends. When you find “the one” it changes how you live, and sometimes where you live. You begin a process of negotiating so many big and little changes that your life becomes no longer recognizable and you are happy to see this change happening because you are in love. You do all of this in an effort to create a life filled with wonderful hopes and dreams, whatever that looks like for you. You build and you plan and it takes shape one step at a time. Love gives you energy. Love sustains you when you would otherwise feel low. Love can bring you motivation when you may otherwise feel blocked. Love can be magic, and love can change your life.
So, now, as you look at your life, fall in love……..with yourself. Be open to making those changes, both big and small for the love of yourself in an effort to make yourself happy and sustain your own wellness and motivation. Get reacquainted with all of the things about yourself that make you feel proud, the details you enjoy sharing when they happen to come up in casual conversation. Reignite an old passion or hobby that had been pushed to the back of the closet, or enjoy an activity that had been placed on hold for a while. Make an effort for yourself and be mindful of the happiness it brings to you. Do what you need to do, change whatever you need to change in an effort to bring more wellness into your life. Do it for yourself and those closest to you will feel those changes just as if you have come upon a milestone such as a new love, a wedding or a birth. Celebrate yourself and others will celebrate you!
I feel a shift happening. Although happiness in itself is a noble goal to aim for, I believe the time has come to go beyond happiness and set our sights on bigger things. I want to feel happy, but more than that, I have learned that I want to feel peace, and love. There is a calm contentment in achieving a feeling of hushed zen. A serene harmony with no hurried rush has become more attractive than a happiness high as I move along this journey. I want to love this life, and when you fall in love with yourself, you fall in love with life!
As I get to know myself, and as I fall deeper in love with myself, my most treasured part of this journey has been the ability to enjoy times of peace when I can sit back and enjoy my new world I have built for myself as if I am spending a day at the beach enjoying the waves and sand of the ocean. I’ve taken the time to get to know what I need, I’ve accepted who I am, what I want and I am happy with who I am becoming. I have been able to fall in love with myself. I respect my decisions and I enjoy the people with whom I choose to spend my time. I see myself from the inside and also do my best to see myself from an outsider’s perspective to make sure who I am presenting to the world matches up with who I want my daughters to see moving around in the world. I am mindful, I try to be kind, and I care how my behavior affects others. These are the qualities that I hope for in others, so these are the attributes that I hold myself accountable for in order to continue this love affair that am enjoying so much.
I’ve made changes and I’ve made them for love……the love of my family, and the love of myself.
thanks to Desiree Beauchemin for being a lovely photo subject