Ramblings of a mad women or too much cough syrup?

Sick and house bound, not a good mix! 

Warning, general rambling may follow...
I finally succumbed to one of the bugs being generously shared around the population.  I have spent more time on my lounge in a week than I usually would over a month.  Not my idea of fun folks.

All of this extended inactivity (aka resting) got me thinking, and also very comfortable with spending the day in my track pants and ugg boots.

Between naps and Netflix I recalled a recent conversation between two of my besties about starting a new business and it being somewhat scary and overwhelming.  The point was made that it's easy to over-worry and stress out but at the end of the day, we still have a place to live and food to eat and often all that worry is a waste of energy.  

Now, I've brutally paraphrased that conversation (and sadly, I didn't get the chance to hear the end of it) but when I heard Chad make that point I was internally nodding along with him. It's so easy to become complacent with life, and sometimes that complacency comes from fear.  We can get too caught up in the 'what-ifs' to actually push outside of our comfort zone and change the things we would like to change, or do the things we would like to do.

Now that I've recalled Chad's comment I find myself reflecting on my own life and mindset.  In particular, since I consciously decided to march to the beat of my own drum, to create my life my way and do the things I want to do.  I rather like the term 'authentic living'. 

Let's face it, any sort of change is often at the very least, uncomfortable.  And in order to improve your self or your circumstances, some level of change is required.  I didn't realise it so much before but I've made more changes to my life over the past 18 months than I've really given myself credit for.  

I've had to learn how to be a single parent, be more flexible, co-parent, reprioritise my routine, change my living arrangements, update my finances, rework friendships, update my wardrobe, buy a new car, reprogram my mindset and most importantly, increase my self worth.  Now that I take the time to think about it, that's a lot of change!

But you know what?  I can honestly say that I have been thriving on the inside since making those changes.  There really is something to this 'authentic living' - it is quite honestly food for the soul.  

Authentic living to me is to live life to the fullest, now, immediately.  Not when I'm finally on that holiday or long awaited trip but now.  That means, being as active as possible every week and finding as many activities, adventures and things to do, creating an enormous catalogue of memories along the way.

This is certainly NOT everyone's idea of fun.  But we all have our own personal version of 'authentic living' (there is no right or wrong here, just what is authentic to you).  

I can't help but feel that if we each bothered to search our souls and try our own 'authentic living', I reckon there would be a whole heap of happier, more fulfilled people and less stress, anxiety and weariness generally. 

So, apart from realising that I completely overthink when I'm bored (or sick) I have realised the value of being true to one's self and the results we can achieve when we're brave enough to step outside of our comfort zone.

Do I still hear that annoying little prick of self doubt tapping me on the shoulder?  Yep ...I sure do.  But now I also hear Chad and remember that I have a roof over my head and food on my table.  And so I continue my journey onwards and upwards.


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