As humans, we often find excuses to postpone our true happiness. We tell ourselves that our happiness is dependent on a certain set of circumstances, and once those circumstances are realized, then we can live the lives that we want to live.
When I was in college, I was an ambitious dreamer – I believed that anything was possible and that I could do anything that I set my mind to. Once I graduated and started working full-time, I allowed myself to become so consumed with my career and finishing graduate school, that I pushed my true passions aside.
“You’ll never be as young as you are right now.”
It wasn’t until two years ago, that I woke up and realized that I missed doing the things that I loved. I missed traveling, I missed volunteering, I missed exploring. So, when I turned 29, I made a promise to myself to spend my last year in my 20’s being the inquisitive wanderluster and culture seeker that I was before the day-to-day responsibilities of being an independent adult took hold of my life. I vowed to travel a lot more, to learn to cook different recipes, to learn a third language, to give back more to my community, and to start a blog. I was determined to stop making excuses for why I couldn’t do what I wanted, and I started making plans to fill my life with exciting experiences. It’s been an amazing ride ever since.
We weren’t put on this earth to wait until we’ve reached retirement age or saved enough money or until we’ve met the right person to pursue our passions. There’s an entire world out there that’s waiting to be explored, and lots of open doors waiting to be walked through. It’s up to us to be brave enough to take the leap and make our happiness a priority. It’s up to us to stop making excuses and live! Are you ready to take the leap?
“Get busy living or get busy dying.” – The Shawshank Redemption