Living life with an open-mind can be easier said than done. Even if you go with the flow and try to embrace change, seize opportunity and try new things, sometimes we forget to try things again.
It can be something as simple as trying something to eat a second time around, or as complex as figuring out if your life and the direction you are working toward is what is best right now.
When I was at a life-changing Tony Robbins seminar this past December, we learned a lot about the values we prioritize in our lives and the specific set of rules we hold over who we are, what we like, what we do. It was an eye-opening experience to figure out if what I thought I wanted in my life was really what I wanted, or the culmination of childhood fantasies and societal pressure to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up.
How many people do I know that have no idea what they want to be? Many. In fact, more often then not, people don’t know where they want to go in life. There are some who have their goals in mind and are driven to their outcome in business or life, but for the majority, this is an elusive quality that is stygmatized with a universal shame for not figuring your shit out.
Which really sucks because the beauty of life and the journey we are all on is to figure it out on our own. Yet we let others rob us of our right to fulfilment and wonder why we are not fulfilled with ‘our’ choices.
Guess what? I do not have things figured out and it is refreshing! I love figuring out that I am not a klutz or that I do not have to react a specific way to specific events. I am open to interpretting my life as it comes and even changing direction (the scariest thing of all!)
When we become linked to who we are in relation to what we do, what we are working towards, what we like and dont like, or even aspects of our personality that are outdated 5, 10 years…we limit ourselves. We limit our potential to grow and evolve into better people. We limit our chances of figuring out exactly what gives us passion in life, by diving head first into it.
Allow yourself to become who you are.
Pretend you are a stranger to yourself - instead of living your life reacting how you have taught yourself to react in life - with anger, impatience on the road, annoyance with certain situations - live with a blank slate and edit your life accordingly. Be willing to deal with the feelings that come up and edit your stories, your beliefs and even your plans.
You might surprise yourself and realize that you no longer have a need to feel depressed, or that you want to return to an old loved hobby for self-expression. Figuring out what the person you are today wants, dreams, hopes and desires can be life altering. Maybe, just maybe, you do like green olives.