Youth. It is both a blessing and a curse.
Thinking back to my late teen years and even into my early twenties makes me smile, but it also makes me laugh at how utterly naïve and blasé I once was about life. I thought I had all the time in the world.
When you’re young, you still have so much to learn and you have so much life ahead of you, but at the same time, you think you are invincible. You don’t realize how precious and short life can truly be until one day, you look around and you do. Whether it be a natural progression of getting older or a life event that alters your perception and state of being, suddenly, you’ve grasped the notion that our time here on earth is a gift, not a guarantee. This is a good thing, for it means that you live every day to the fullest. You stop to appreciate all that you have been given.
At the same time, often, the minute you understand that our trips around the sun are precious and limited, is the same minute that you start to live your life in a subconscious state of anxiety.
Most, if not all, of our anxieties are rooted in fear. We are afraid of what we can lose, what can happen to us, and mostly, we are afraid of the unknown.
But this year, I refuse to live my life in fear. I am no longer going to think about what can or what may happen to me. I am not going to stress about everything that is at stake, everything I have to lose, and what I don’t want. This year I am going to identify what it is that I want to happen and just be. Instead of focusing on the ‘what-ifs’ and the negative possibilities, I choose to declare what I want to happen and, I will make sure it comes true. I will not live in fear this year, and you shouldn’t either, because at the end of the day, if something is going to happen that you don’t want to happen, you can’t control it anyway. What’s meant to be will always be.