Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to - Starting Point

 “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~Carl Bard


Birthdays. They’re supposed to be a joyous celebration, right?

That one special day each year when we throw a party and reflect on the day our amazing journey began.

The starting point!
I’ve had quite a colorful journey and certainly enjoyed many wonderful birthdays in my life.

When we’re little every birthday marks a major accomplishment. We learn to walk. Then we learn to talk. Then we go to school and learn our ABCs.

Everything is brand new!

When we graduate high school they tell us we have our whole lives in front of us. Whether we’re off to college, exploring the world, or entering the work force, we begin a whole new chapter. 
Independence!

You’re supposed to have accomplished your greatest life’s work by now, right???
Achieved all of your major goals
Changed the world!

But something else happened that was very difficult to escape. Much as I hated to admit it, I found that I was looking around and comparing myself to my peers.


When you view life this way, there’s always going to be someone who you feel is ahead of you by your own estimate. And you’ll never catch up to them. So that leaves you feeling behind in some imaginary race that can’t be won.


You believe that if you can just obtain that (figure of money in the bank, job title, certain car) that you will have arrived at your destination and will find happiness there.

But you won’t. Because it’s not out there

Not in any material things you can obtain. Whatever it is will begin to lose its luster the moment you acquire it. Then you’ll have to look for something new to replace it and give you another fix.
And the cycle never ends!

Most of us never learn to appreciate where we are at this very moment because we’re so focused on what happened (or didn’t happen) in a past that no longer exists and worried about a future that hasn’t happened yet.


And that’s when I realized what had been gnawing away at me all these years. It was a yearning to connect with an audience in a meaningful way that focuses on helping them. 
On seeing the world through their eyes!

With that came the realization that each of us has a unique story we’re supposed to tell. That’s why we’re here.

We never stop and give ourselves a break for simply being on the path. It may be a path of discovery. It may be a path toward a specific destination. Or it may be a path away from our old ways.


Age is irrelevant!
 Wherever you are in your journey is a starting point!
Whoever or whatever it is you’re chasing, slow down!


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