Things I have learned about myself as of late...
1) I am fairly patient with others, and not at all patient with myself. Why are we often more cruel to ourselves than to others? Honestly, I think I have spent so much time in the past few years beating myself up with negative, internal comments or thoughts, and I've finally learned how detrimental that can be to my progression. I have learned the power in positive thinking and positive self-speak. When I am helping someone else with a project or self-improvement, I recognize it's a journey and encourage them to be kind to themselves and show patience... However, with myself I have a tendency to demand insta-results... It's unfair to my mindset. I'm letting go of the impatience I have with myself in all areas of my progression- my fitness journey, my music, my emotional understanding of myself, etc... I deserve the kindness with myself that I give to others, and, "Life ain't a track meet, it's a marathon."
2) I have trouble slowing down. I walk fast - I drive fast - I move fast.. and I struggle to slow down and just move at a "normal" pace. A few of my friends have commented about this over the past few years, but I realized this more so at the amusement park this past month. I was almost always walking way ahead of my family and a few times conscientiously made an effort to slow down... It was rough. Haha! I'm not gonna say I couldn't do it, because I could... but my feet and heart just pulled me forward and kept my hustling and moving quickly. I like to move quickly... and then take a moment and stop to catch the sunset or amazing moment. In fact, one night in Florida, my brother, Cami, and I went to the park alone and on the way walking there, I just stopped and moved off the path... There was an Opera singer across the little river singing and sun was setting in the sky. I said, "let's just stop a moment..." and we just listened and looked - stopped the world down for a second. I don't mind stopping - not at all - I just mind that when there's movement, I don't seem to wanna move slowly... My goal? Take a walk in nature every day, even if only for 5-10 minutes, and just let the moments get lost... embrace slowing down for a few.
3) I don't fear a lot anymore, genuinely I have given the majority of my fear away... the one exception is I still fear wasting time, which I admittedly believe comes back to age. This is interesting in that I have found little "time wasters" in my life and struggled to give them up at times. However, overall, I have this fear of giving my time to things that may or may not turn out how I see them. That being said, I had the realization that I am so grateful many things HAVEN'T turned out as I planned... It's all about trusting that the man upstairs truly knows what is best and trusting YOU in your decisions to go after the things you want in life. If you want something, go for it... He'll stop you if it's wrong. I know this, but I think I recently needed some reminders. My plan is to cease thinking in terms of age- age really is going to be "just a number, after all - but really.
4) I am a strong woman. I like to be tough. I am also a marshmallow. I've always said I'm "not a crier," and I'm not a crier in certain aspects. I don't often cry over death. I don't often cry over pain. However, I cry during Pixar movies. I cry when a song is so beautiful it speaks to what I'm going through or feeling. I cry when I am really, really hurt or sad emotionally. I cry when I feel a spiritual awakening moment. It use to make me feel ashamed because I saw it as weak... I'm beginning to see it as a strength. This does not mean I'm about to open the floodgates so everyone can watch me weep... but I'm going to embrace the beauty of tears when I need them and of just being an emotionally driven individual in general.
Song of the Day: I'm currently obsessed with this Ed Sheeran and Tori Kelly's song, "I Was Made For Loving You." It's a beautiful song and I had a blast covering it this past week... check out my version here and then look up the original. Great song - enjoy!