Some days, you just don’t want to get up. The day seems like it’s always the same as the other, boring and bland most of the time, but maybe were forgetting to ask ourselves why? Sure, were doing as we should, working hard and getting rest, (more or less) eating, walking, waiting, planning, studying, cooking, housekeeping. I know! That’s the last thing you want to think about right now but please bear with me, I have a point here!
Years ago I got so consumed in doing my daily work such as school and chores, doing a lot of things on the computer and being indoors rather then getting outside and getting sun, or exercising. I forgot to spend time to do things that I love, in fact I completely forgotten that I loved those things! When your a young kid, playtime and running around is easy because its your life work, your ‘allowed’ to do it, but honestly, it doesn’t make us any happier not having fun. Its our life’s work now too.
One day, due to my mom’s great ideas, she suggested that we take a vacation of media. My 15-year-old self felt doomed. No more movie watching, no more listening to my iPod, no more youtube videos, or even editing our movies! Like I said, I felt doomed for life. It really was like a withdrawal from a small addiction for all of us. A whole year without technology. The first few months felt weird, its like when you have a habit to always check the mailbox when you get home from work but then one day you don’t do that anymore. It really was like, well if I can’t do that, then what can I do? And so, with more free time we did other things instead like, watch a movie or go online (hahaha yes, it was that hard to stop doing.) You remember the things you love doing other then that, real things like hoola hooping, playing tennis, playing volleyball, board games, painting, enjoying music, dancing, learning new traits like cooking, writing, and helping others and spending time with friends.
Its not really that it was the media that was stopping us from doing these things (but then again, maybe) its really pausing and thinking about what you want to invest your time in, and what would be more beneficial. The more we were freed up and doing these things the more happier we were, even just small things like having a game of tennis every afternoon or a beach walk made you feel more upbeat, and ready to get up and go, its strange and yet awesome how small changes can help you change your life. Three years later our vacation from media has been over, and we use it frequently but never more then we do these other things. I think that as I got older I learned how valuable time really is, and how it all matters, everything you do, every choice you make, and how you want to look back on things years from now. One day I woke up and I realized that I wanted to live everyday like a story that I’d like to write, I wanted to enjoy life to its full and not live just because I had to. “I want to live life like every day is a party,” I said to Don and Shel and they nodded looking at me with a bored stare saying casually, “So you want to have a dance marathon tonight and we can make s’mores?”
8 ways that will help you to live every day like a Celebration:
1. Have confidence in yourself, and you’ll never fail.
Having confidence in yourself I realized is a big thing. If you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t get anything done, let alone be able to live happily and thrive if your afraid of the world laughing at you. let them laugh!
2. Healthy perspectives, positive aspects.
One interesting thing I noticed is that the more I listen to positive, happy music rather then emotional, sad music my life took an entirely new toll. Naturally, a good one! The more I listened to positive music the more opportunities opened up, and the more promising life got. I believe it’s the same with everything, you are what you eat so if you eat unhealthy, your whole life’s going to be pretty unhealthy as well. Remember to stay away from anything that brings you down, and stick to having healthy, fun and positive people in your life.
3. Get moving!
Hikes, biking, surfing, skateboarding, skiing, running, swimming, dancing, yoga, ect.
Not only will this bring you joy, but moving physically is a great way of getting unstuck if you feel like you are. It makes total sense, if your feeling like you aren’t getting anywhere in life then move!
4. Say Yes
Life moves with opportunities just around the corner, there are always doors flying open in all directions, sometimes you just have to go for it. Though it takes guts to do so! Many times I didn’t want to join into a game because I didn’t know how to play it, but I joined anyway because I knew that I wouldn’t learn how to play it by not even trying. Saying yes feels like a small thing to do but it really could be bigger then you think.
5. You gotta make the most of what you got
There are a lot of ways that we keep ourselves from doing things, which keep us all in a perpetual misery in our minds when more then half of the time it’s not true. We say to ourselves, “I could never do that, its too hard” or “I don’t have enough money to buy a piano to play on, therefore I can’t” we have to stop telling ourselves stupid things like this because its simply not true and holding us back.
This is where creativity begins! If you can’t afford a whole piano, don’t stop there, figure out a way to get what you want! If you feel like its too hard, or too difficult then start with something small, and work your way up.
6. Happy Thoughts
Think of things that make you happy. Truly happy, like feeling good enough to do anything. It could just be a favorite shirt, a song that you love jamming to, a person in your life that makes you smile, or maybe its a dish that you have fun making and you enjoy. Whatever it is, remember to keep these things in you day to day life.
7. Every thing is connected, and everything matters (As above, So below)
Yes, it does matter the way that you speak to the waiter at that restaurant when he told you they were out of Kaloolah waffles. Everything does! The way you chose to react to something will determine just how well you may take something bigger that might come your way, it might change the chances of you getting that job you were waiting on, you don’t know. Our universe is so vastly connected to us all that we cannot afford to treat anyone or anything like they don’t matter, because in truth everything does.
8. Enjoy it!
Maurice Chevalier once sang in the classic Disney film In Search of the Castaways “Why cry about bad weather, enjoy it, each moment is a treasure, enjoy it!” if we look optimistically at life and changing our outlooks of things, maybe traffic wouldn’t be as horrific as we make it out to be, instead it’s a perfect chance to catch up on your thoughts or practice singing. Whatever makes life feel special to you, go ahead and do it! You only live once!