Friday, April 30, 2021 (Day 120)
Meditation Music for the week: Velvet Morning: Liquid Mind (7:41) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ6yHyO2ZaA
Question: What is one fun thing you’d like to experience during your lifetime you haven’t yet?
Answer: Instead of thinking of something during my lifetime, I think I’m going to focus on something for the next couple of years. When I thought about this questions, my initial thought was that the first fun thing I’d like to experience right now is pickleball. Since I love ping pong, tennis, and racquetball, I believe pickleball will be just as addictive as those activities. And several people whom I had the chance to talk to that have tried it have all told me that it can not only be fun, but addictive, which would be right up my alley. If you’ve noticed anything about me through this blog, I am somewhat OCD, so if I find something I like, I will pour my heart into it. I have pickleball rackets and balls, so now it’s time to play.
I used to have a bucket list of places I’d like to go/see, people I’d like to meet, things I’d like to do, etc.. but I got rid of it because it started to get too tedious. I know I’d like to visit Hawaii at some point in my life, but that’s about it. I don’t have a lot of experiences that I’m seeking right now…I just want to be able to hang out with really, really cool people and do Life Design Catalyst work on my terms, not on the terms of someone else. I can do this work all day, creating tools, training people, working with individuals, and other stuff – but to be tied to it from 8am-5pm (a normal workday) doesn’t work for me. I like to work a few hours in the morning, take Laci out for a walk, work a little more, do some type of activity (golf, pickleball), take Laci for another walk, eat dinner, then work for a few more hours. That seems to be how my body and mind works best. I have a sense that I’ll be told that my job will be focused on registration and scheduling of students – which won’t work for me any more. There’s so much more to life and to college than making sure you take the right classes – like answering the question, “What should I do with my life?” I’m sure that crossroad will come at some point this summer, where I’m going to have to continue to fish in the UNCG pond – or move to answer pond. Isn’t life grand?
Okay, here’s another list of words of wisdom, this time from a 40+ year old. I think it’s interesting how many of these bloggers/writers are coming up with these words of wisdom, basically saying the same thing. For those of you reading these blog posts, I think it would be interesting for you to come up with your own list of “rules for living” that you’ve learned over time, regardless of your age. Before I share a few of mine, here’s the article:
- 42 Rules to Happiness I’ve Learned to Help You Skip the Line – https://medium.com/better-advice/42-rules-to-happiness-ive-learned-to-help-you-skip-the-line-8a869ba9b582
You don’t have to come up with 42 – start with just five or ten, then let it grow from there. Here are five of the things that I’ve learned over time.
- Relationships are hard. But if you don’t start with the relationship with yourself, you’ll never be able to sustain a quality relationship with someone else.
- There are two things you have complete control over – your attitude and your choices. Be thoughtful and wise in both.
- Keep moving forward. You never become the best version of yourself (which you’ll never know) by doing nothing – or worse, waiting for something to happen.
- Each one of us was put on this earth to serve something bigger than ourselves. Find your sweet sport and serve profoundly.
- If I don’t take care of myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, I’m no good to the world.
What are the things you’ve learned so far? Would love for you to share in the comments.