The world rotates at over 1,600 kilometers an hour. And, your day-to-day life? Well, sometimes it feels like it moves just as fast.
If it seems as though you’ve gotten so wrapped up in making a living that you’ve forgotten how to actually live, it might be time to step back and reassess your priorities. But don’t stress! I’ve got five easy steps to guide you through it.
Step 1: Ditch the Stressors
See? Didn’t I just tell you not to stress? All things relative, most of what you’re worrying about on a daily basis isn’t really worth worrying about. Sure, I understand that if you lose your job you can’t pay the mortgage, but worrying about losing your job isn’t doing anyone any favors, especially you. So eliminate the things in your life that stress you the most by taking control of your situation. It may mean looking for a new job (leaving your old one on your terms), letting the dishes sit in the sink so you can catch the latest episode of Game of Thrones with your spouse, or leaving the yard unweeded so you can spend some time in the hammock reading a good book (newsflash – you’re the only one who actually notices the weeds anyway).
Step 2: Reconnect with Your Inner Child
Remember the things you enjoyed as a kid? Odds are, you’ll still enjoy most of them if you take the time to make them happen. If you enjoyed painting, pick up a brush and a canvas. You might be surprised at the latent talent that emerges. If you’re like me, you loved a good road trip in your youth. So, plan one. You’re an adult now and you get to decide your destination! Don’t know where to start? Google images of getaways, close your eyes, point a finger at the computer screen and pick a place to go. Rekindle your joy in the world and your childlike wonder at everything within it.
Step 3: Decide What’s Important to You
Almost everyone I know has, at some point, come to the realization that they’re tired of pleasing others. That’s not to say that there isn’t pleasure derived from altruistic gestures, but when you spend your life constantly tending to the needs of those around you, be it your boss, your children, or your community, you begin to burn out. If you’re constantly saying ‘yes’ to everyone else’s needs, but ‘no’ to your own, you need to reorganize your priorities. Make a list of the things that matter to you. Adjust your life accordingly.
Step 4: Announce Your Personal Makeover to the World
No, you don’t need to take out an ad in the local paper, nor are you required to blog about it. Simply let your friends and family know that you’ve made some course adjustments in your life and that you’re headed in a new direction. Why is this step important? The people close to you will be the ones to help keep you on track when you doubt yourself!
Step 5: Pursue your Passion to the Fullest
Live it up. That list of the things you want to do for you? Do them. It doesn’t matter if you do them this month, this year, or this decade, so long as you’ve made the plans to make it happen. Putting your passion first will change your outlook on life in ways you can’t possibly imagine, but you don’t have to take my word for it. See Step 1, and get started!
Part travel memoir, part self-help book, Live, Love, Explore is a guide to finding meaning and adventure in your everyday life and discovering the road you were always meant to walk.