Putting life in cruise control can be beneficial in some ways. Nowadays, we often think that being busy means that we’re productive. We tend to bury ourselves in our workload that we do not notice how it drains us on a daily basis. Being busy keeps our mind off of things as effective distractions, but with endless work, we tend to reach the point of burning out. Taking a break gives us time to focus on the more important things.
When we rest, it gives us more time to appreciate ourselves, the people around us, and how far we’ve come. This time last year, we were anxious about where would we be, and if we could do the things we’re most afraid of. But look at yourself now, still here, and still fighting. Being busy isn’t always beneficial, sometimes it helps to just refocus and reset the direction of your life. Though you might be a little lost, you have a lifetime to navigate to the person you want to be.
It’s easy to be there for others. We feel more comfortable knowing that the people we know rely on us for something. We spend the entire day trying to be the safe space our friends and loved ones can count on on a daily basis. It’s not wrong though, to be this unselfish and reliable. But why is it that when it comes to ourselves, it’s hard to see something that we’re contented with. When it comes to our talents and capabilities being noticed by others, we always doubt whether the compliments are genuine or not. Truly, we’d rather doubt ourselves than be a hundred percent sure that we have the ability to achieve something. Are we enough? Is this the best that myself can do? When we look in the mirror, do we actually like what we see?
These questions are just glimpses of the reality we experience frequently. Complimenting others is normal, but have you ever given yourself a compliment today? The first step to growing out of your shell is acceptance. Accept that whatever you are given in life is enough to pursue your calling. Accept that you love every aspect of yourself, from your fingertips to your pet peeves. To dream of something is the easiest part, to actually do something about it is something else. Plants grow if they’re well taken care of, but it all starts with the roots. Just like you, embrace everything that you’re made of–where you come from, how you were raised, and even where you see yourself ten years from now. You cannot bloom into the person you are called to be without acceptance. Self love is a beautiful thing, maybe the most encouraging thing you could do to yourself. Accept yourself starting now, and pass on the love you once didn’t have to the dreamers who need it the most.
Allow yourself to grow at your own pace. We often think that being busy is always productive. Here’s the thing, there’s nothing wrong with taking little breaks. Give yourself time to breathe and take all the unnecessary anxieties away. Taking a pause at life doesn’t mean you’re left behind. Sometimes, you grow a lot more by putting yourself first ahead of anything.
Allow yourself to take a step back. Sometimes the best ideas come from a calm heart. It gives your the opportunity to look into world at a different perspective—something more hopeful and fresh. The little breaks may lead to amazing breakthroughs someday, trust me.
It’s amazing how a little encouragement could take you a long way. It’s easy to settle within your comfort zone, basically for the reason that you are already used to it. We tend to prefer to go with the flow rather than against it. In life, though we may not notice it, commitments to make time to do something we’re passionate about were made but we rarely follow through. There comes a point in our lives where this stagnant feeling settles. It’s not wrong though, to be this comfortable and at ease. Finally life becomes a routine with no inconveniences ahead. But the thing about routines is, they’re repetitive.
Growing involves obstacles and silver linings. You cannot grow from a routine. Reaching for a passion involves direction, and right now you’re going in circles. A gentle nudge, a push, or just a dash of encouragement might just get you out of that comfort zone. And if you’re looking for one, this is it.
Looking back, there are certain things in life we’d prefer to do differently. Though not all people see it, we have tendencies to focus on the imperfections that we have rather than the achievements we deserve. A lot of people do not end up doing what they really love because they do not know where to begin. Afraid of making mistakes, we’d rather daydream than to actually do it. When we love something, we want to be already good at it.
But that’s the thing. No one gets it right on their first try. The beautiful thing about being passionate about something is that there’s always a room for improvement. If you tried it and its not as good as you expected it to be, then pat yourself on the back for taking the first step. There’s nothing wrong with giving it a try. What matters is you never stop learning and you continue on believing in that dream.