It's a new year and a new time to better yourself!
I don't typically make resolutions, but I do like to reflect back on the previous year and think about how I can possibly change aspects of myself or my situations so that I'm a happier and healthier me.
Yeah, this post is a little late...not the best way to start the new year when it comes to trying to better my blog...but I definitely had a hard beginning for 2016. (Already sick, I know.) Between recuperating from the holidays, migraines squeezing the life out of me, and fatigue so rough 2-3 naps a day are nothing to mess with, I just haven't had time for anything besides focusing on ME. Not even in a fun way like a "spa day," just a "lights off, head under the covers, knocked out from pills" kind of thing. Maybe that actually is what some people consider a spa day. Who knows?
All I know is that I really enjoy quotes when I'm feeling down and need some motivation.
Not only is now a perfect time for some motivating quotes, but it's a perfect time to talk about the new year and beginnings and life!
Are you ready, new year? I'm heading your way!
This first quote works for me because I constantly live in the past. I noticed a lot of people are focusing on trying to stay in the present for one of their resolutions this year. I want to do more than that; I want to go even further. Because the future doesn't have to be just daydreams for me anymore if I work on building it.
"Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final."
--Rainer Maria Rilke
I have to remember that all the bad stuff I'm feeling at one moment--as overwhelming as it may be--can suddenly change into a feeling of miraculous delight. But I have to be grateful for those moments of joy, because the whole "no feeling is final" concept can go both ways. It also reminds me to TRY more--of everything. Try and fail at more things, try and be rejected, try and develop more of a thick skin. I don't want to have a mediocre life that consists of me just doing the same routine over and over again. I want to live life and let everything happen to me.
"Why are we here?"
"To enjoy the ride."
That's my answer and I'm sticking to it. This quote definitely reminds me of how one of my former teachers described art therapy: it's more about the process than the product. Instead of spending so much time on a piece of work that you are concentrating purely on what the outcome will be, relax and enjoy how lovely the colors are blending and appreciate how soothing it feels to draw circles repetitively. It isn't always about what you're going to hang on the fridge because art (and life) is messy, and not everybody in the world wants to showcase their messes. But if your mess made you feel something--anything at all--it's worth it to hang on the fridge because it gave you an experience. It took you for a ride.
You can always better yourself! Improve upon yourself! Make the most of yourself.
I believe I've been blessed--I'm a beautiful human being! I need to remind myself of this every single day and make it to where I can kick it up a notch with some improvements. And I want to do this FOR myself, not for anybody else. That's the way it works around here!
And for this last quote--and this last sentence--all I have left to say is...it's a new year, so let loose and go with the flow, if only to see where it takes you!