If I were to design my own life, which I am able to do, albeit slowly sometimes, what would I do? When we feel depressed, lost and exhausted it means it’s time to re-center, re-define our visions so we can get back on that path, the one we really care about.
My dream life combines meaningful work with leisure and adventure. It’s the life I showcase online. The life where I create meaningful experiences for people as my work. The life where I know the land and I explore the natural world, foraging and connecting. It’s a life full of community and full of the beautiful lonely moments. It’s about learning, growing and teaching. It’s about knowing myself so I may love myself and others with my full capacity. It’s not about obligations, it’s about what we know is true in us and living that out.
I know that some of you reading this are stuck in obligations as we speak. Write about how you would design your life. What is important to you? Who do you desire to be? Who inspires you?
Try and remember yourself as a child. What was important to you? What made you come alive? What have you always known to be true? Reconnect with that part of yourself.
Bring to mind the moments in your life where you felt truly alive and aligned with who you desire to be. Close your eyes. Pull each moment into your chest with your hand. Breathe deeply. Grab one memory, pull it in. Grab another memory, pull it in.
Now bring to mind moments and memories from the future where you will feel truly alive and aligned with who you desire to be. Imagine these memories from the future and pull them into your chest. Imagine another and another and another. Pull them into your chest. Breathe deeply.
Everyday I get closer and closer to this being a daily reality. Many things have stepped in the way, as they do, and in those times we must be even more rigorous about self-care and keeping our eyes set on our visions. These small exercises can re-center us when we’re feeling lost.
Remember Yourself. You will find a way if you seek it. Don’t lose heart.
Be Wild. Be Well.
Bailey Patrice & Jonathan David