Hello friends, happy Monday! I am recovering from an annoying cold right now, but today was a good day for me, filled with productivity and my self-created routine. My cold was brought about by stress and lack of self care, which is ironic considering how much I advocate for listening to your body and not pushing yourself too hard. It’s the last home stretch before I FINALLY graduate from my bachelor’s degree program, and I just want to be finished. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed my university experience (I love the people I’ve met in the last two years, and I’ve definitely been academically stimulated) – it’s just that I have so many exciting plans and ideas for how I want to live my life.
I’ve been told that I’m a big dreamer, and throughout my life, some people have made that sound like a bad thing. Stereotypically, I’ve had supposed ‘mentors’ tell me to tone down my expectations, and say that I can’t do certain things because I’m a girl or because I’m mixed race. Conversely, I’ve had very wise people tell me that life is only so long, and my five-year-old self’s dream of being an astronaut, mermaid, AND president of the United States might be a tad bit unrealistic.
Right now, I’m a few weeks away from my 20th birthday, and I’ve spent more and more time contemplating my own mortality. It sounds morbid, but to be frank, death is the only constant, and I know that inevitably my life will come to an end, whether I’m 50 or 100 years old. I don’t want to die with regrets.
It’s true that I have to slow down right now – my health is being negatively affected by my high stress levels, and it’s a sign that I need to c h i l l. I also think that modern life carries a danger of overstimulation, with the constant multitasking and expectation of continuous productivity, combined with the overflow of social media into our personal and professional lives. I actually think that’s why the minimalist ‘trend’ has exploded with such popularity. But, I digress.
I’m still going to continue chasing every dream I possibly can. Some people take the comfortable path, and others choose the one less traveled. For me, though, I’m perfectly and wonderfully happy building my own road. I’m most comfortable doing the things that I want to do, and my life is spent creating my own adventures, which is exactly how I want to live.