When I was younger and right into my mid-twenties, if someone asked me what my goal or ambition in life was, I would answer “to be happy”. And I was happy, chilled out, laid back for the most part, except for exam stress, believing I had to fit into this world etc. – but after being ridiculed and teased about being too laid back and floaty enough number of times, I lost sight of my goal and worked harder than ever to fit in and consequently, found myself more stressed and drifting further and further away from who I truly was.
In hindsight, I don’t mourn those lost years of drifting because it made me see life clearly. I can now define what I don’t want. I can now define what takes me away from my true Being. I can now define what causes me stress.
Flip that coin to the other side and la voila! I know exactly who I am and how to stay in tune with that part of me who knows how to be joyous.
Sing with me baby… to Irene Cara’s song (okay I am off tune but working on my singing now bacause it makes me feel good)…
“What a feeling
I can have it all
Now I’m dancing for my life.
Take your passion
And make it happen
Pictures come alive
You can dance right through your life.”
The good ol’ eighties.. whew!
So now, as part of my journey on self-care, I commit to stay true to myself as much as I possibly can. And when I allow stress to take over, I commit to being aware and implementing some of the things that bring me back to centre.. back to Me…
Here are some of the tuning activities on my list:
- Go for a walk – always magic!
- sing and dance like nobody’s watching
- write down a gratitude list
- go be with a tree, or preferably in a tree and hugging it
- read one of my favourite uplifting books
- read some beautiful poetry out loud
- Cook something my taste buds want
- do my favourite guided meditation
- play the piano (even though I can only play basic nursery rhymes and songs)
- daydream – happy starry dreamy thoughts
- listen to a happy inspiring talk or to some joyous music
- read a book about trees or watch a nature documentary
- laugh and have fun with my family
- have a chat with my favourite uplifters
And now, it’s your turn. Share with me. What takes you back to you? How do you forge that connection with who you really are on a daily basis?