Why You Should Stop and Breathe
Hey, everyone! It's your favorite random philosopher with her deep thoughts this week (wink wink). It's been a while since I got philosophical with you all and I feel like today I have to be. I've been in a weird place for a couple weeks and it's prompted many different thoughts for me. Some not so great thoughts and some wonderful breakthroughs about life for me personally. When I share my thoughts with you all it's because I hope to inspire you, motivate you, give you hope and maybe even help change the way you look at something.
My journey is still going and it will continue to go as long as I am breathing. The thing is though this journey I started to a better me, self-awareness, making a difference in the world, achieving my dreams, all these things and more are a part of my journey. I realized recently that even though I have been taking all the right steps, steps I know are right, that voice inside my head crept back in as it does every once in a while. It crept back in and has been testing me. AM I doing the right thing? Can I achieve this? Am I succeeding? Will I fail? Am I a good mom? Does he know how much I love him? Will I ever have it together? That voice is the most dangerous voice on the planet over anyone else's because the voice inside our head is the only thing that can stop us from being great. It is not just a saying that we can do whatever we set our mind to, it is truth. The first step is remembering to believe in ourselves, especially when others don't.
I am the kind of person that wears my heart on my sleeve something I both like and don't like but a good friend the other day could see the voice popping up in my head. He looks at me and said "Rachael have you done what I told you to do? Have you stopped to breathe and take in where you are in your life and what you are doing?" See here is the thing when you decide to travel down a certain path. Your results aren't instantaneous and sometimes along the journey, we forget that. When we are striving for a dream, to better ourselves and improve ourselves sometimes we forget to take that moment to sit back and breathe. It is not just about the destination it's about the journey too. It's the journey that shapes us, changes us, molds us, teaches us, helps us grow and there is something so beautiful about that. Often times, when we are in the middle of our journey and things, are steady but not quite where we want to be just yet, we forget to look at all we have accomplished so far since we started and how we are still going to get to where we want to be.
I write these posts because I want all of you to know that behind the posts, the pages of a book, someone who shot a movie, someone who created a large company, there is a person on the other end that created it. A real person who struggled just as you have with their own voice and the voices around them, but it's the same people who told the voices to shut up I will do this! I am doing this! With or without you! I can also tell you everything I have struggled with and still struggle with I am grateful for it all. Two and half years ago I was a scared, broken and fragile girl who had to learn to face my fears and myself. I can tell you all I still have a way to go but the progress I have made is unreal. I went from not being able to look in the mirror to liking the person who is looking back and that is a success. I share these things because as a human I believe it is my civic duty to help others and I enjoy helping others. I want you all to know that you can do, it whatever your dream or goal is you can do it. That we are here as a support system and that the greatness within you should be pursued. You deserve that and the world deserves to benefit from what you can offer it.
Again when that voice in your head decides to speak shut it up until it is telling you, you are amazing! You are deserving! Others will benefit from you! The world deserves this too! Keep going and never give up!
As always I hope you all enjoy, keep your heads up. Stay beautiful!