I recently realized that I haven’t felt challenged enough. It’s almost like I’ve been on auto pilot in my life, just moving from here to there, going from work to home to work to home and back again. I have simply been going through the motions of life, surviving versus thriving. Existing instead of engaging. And while my life has definitely been very good, I’m feeling a bit bored. I’m not growing, so I feel almost stagnant. Stuck.
As the architect of my own life, I know that it is up to me to discover how to take my life from where it is right now and transform it into what I want it to be. For me personally, I’ve discovered that this involves coming up with a way to regularly incorporate travel into my life.
In fact, not too long ago I found myself standing in front of one of those big travel boards that show all of the places that airlines fly to and from, dreaming of all of the towns, cities, and countries I want to visit. I imagined myself going to some of these foreign places, experiencing their cultures, and seeing just how big the world really is.
Since I haven’t really been doing much traveling at this point in my life, I suddenly feel a huge urge to honor the piece of me that wants to go to these various destinations to see the various landscapes and towns, indulging in the local cuisine, hear what music is playing in the streets, and be part of the pulse of the day to day with the locals. Basically, I want to experience life!
Although I’ve always felt this little nag deep down to have these types of experiences, now it has become a conscious want. Therefore, I’m more focused on making it come true. I am more intent on setting up my life, not in a way that is comfortable or predictable, but in a way that satisfies me so deeply that I bound out of bed every morning thankful that I’m alive, and I lay down to sleep every night with a smile on my face that is so full, it feels permanently etched on my face.
If you’re not feeling this type of excitement in your life, ask what it is that would make you feel this level of enthusiasm and eagerness to start your days. What does this type of life look like? What experiences does it involve? What would you be doing? Who would be involved?
By answering these types of questions, you can develop a clearer image of what it is you want out of your own life, of what will make you happiest. From there, you are in a better position to decide the steps necessary to get from where you are now to wherever it is you want to be. You are able to create a plan that ultimately leads you to the life you want.
Admittedly, this may feel scary, especially if the life you want is very different than the life you have now. But you don’t have to take giant leaps to get there. Just take small, little steps, one at a time. You’ll get there eventually. And you’ll finally be living the life that you want when you do.