My birthday was so amazing and SUCH a wake up call for me. I think that living in a small town, you tend to get a little stir crazy. I grew to be so resentful of my hometown, and as a result, I took so much of what I have for granted.
Count your blessings every single freakin’ day. Do it. Be grateful and express it.
Having high expectations is great, guys. Really, it is. Don’t get me wrong, you should always keep your expectations high and your dreams and your ambitions higher. In the face of all of that, you know, the pursuit of happiness, the pursuit of something more, the pursuit of getting everything you want in this life…. you lose sight of what is at your finger tips in the moment. Without even realizing it, we build up this resentment out of the desprerate need to get where we’re going, wherever that may be, and in the process we fail to cherish the moments we are given.
We need to be more humble. We need to fall in love with moments and live in those moments instead of letting them pass us by out of this insatiable desire for more. Be ambitious. Dream big dreams for yourself and dream big dreams with the people you love most. In the midst of your beautiful dreams, never lose sight of all that you have.
I realized this as I was sitting on the rooftop of a hotel with my boyfriend over looking the city lights listening to a concert. We had the most perfect day topped off by cruising with the top down in a convertible on a hot summer night. I really lived in the moment, and it made all the difference in the world to me. There is so much I want for myself in this life, there is so much I want to achieve, and I’ll get there. I have lost sight of the overwhelming beauty in my every day life and I’m so grateful to have gotten a much needed reality check.
Never deprive yourself of a chance to feel all that you can in these moments, because these moments aren’t just these fleeting images or blips on a radar, they are the pieces that make up your entire life.
If you gain the entire world, whatever that means to you, but you never lived in the moment, what would your life be aside from that one accomplishment? Would you have loved and been loved deeply? Would you have amazing stories to tell? Would you be truly fulfilled, or successful solely in the terms that you had once set for yourself and blindly stuck to until you got there?
Be ambitious and humble. Be a grateful dreamer. Love deeply and feel the immensity of life that is available to you everyday before throwing yourself into the immensity that is this universe.
What do you take for granted in the pursuit of something more?
Answer that, then promise yourself to stop taking those things for granted. Don’t let a single moment pass you by, because they’re not just moments, they’re your whole life.