Question of the week: How are you spending your time?
It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. We all have the same amount of time in a day, yet we spend it so differently.
Some of us go after our goals with everything we have but don’t stop to enjoy it, some of us dream bigger than our imagination but hardly put anything into action, and some of us go along with the path set out for us even if it’s not what we want. And there’s every other combination in between.
We all have less and less time as we get older. Are you wasting it? We need to be more conscious of the excuses we’re using and be more honest about what is holding us back. Only then can we move onto what makes us happier and keeps us fulfilled. We might not spend every day to its highest potential, but we can always do better, before it runs out.
To me, feminism is about equality. It’s about a seat at the table, a voice, recognition. It’s about inclusion. It’s about transcending differences. To me, being a feminist means supporting each other – man or woman – not tearing them down. Being a feminist is about making room for everyone, not about being on top. Being a feminist shouldn’t be an embarrassment. It shouldn’t be an accusation. It shouldn’t only be for women. To me, the foundations of feminism are very real; women are treated as lesser to men in many ways all around the world, sometimes in places that feel so far removed from us, and sometimes right under our noses. To me, feminism is something we should all strive for – whether man or woman. How wouldn’t we all benefit from equality, opportunity and love? Let’s keep going until we don’t need to talk about it anymore. I know I will. #HappyInternationalWomensDay
In life, we’ll face setbacks, obstacles and injustice. But don’t give up on life. Never stop fighting for what you believe in, for what is right, and never stop believing it can come true. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. And love will win against hate.
We are constantly consuming, whether consciously or unintentionally. We listen to people’s thoughts and beliefs and we soak up different energies. We are inspired by the world around us and find examples in those we look up to. We take in people’s opinions and place their expectations on our shoulders. We are spurred into action by other people’s actions and words. They’re all influencing us and create our perspectives. We need to be aware of what we’re absorbing and what we’re overlooking, by how much and in what light. What we consume defines the courses we take.
How do we measure who we are? Too often than not, we focus too heavily on what we’re not and not enough on what we are. Some of us feel it through the weight of other people’s opinions. Some of us feel it through the burden of our own opinions. We often underestimate our talents and exaggerate our flaws. Why are we so hung up on the negatives? Shift the perspective a little. Stop belittling yourself. You have so much to offer. And so much of you is beautiful, even the imperfect, damaged parts. Be proud of who you are. Appreciate it’s value. And flaunt it.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
What couldn’t you live without? What are you grateful for? What do you take for granted? The sound of laughter from loved ones. The comfort of a rooted home. The passion found in a new project. The thrill of a new adventure. Crossing the finish line. Freedom. Integrity. Vision. Our soul. Whatever it is, that is what we should work for, fight for and hold onto. Don’t lose sight of it. Things have a way of slipping out of our grip when we’re not holding tight enough.
What is success to you? Perhaps it is the acquisition and possession of something, money, a title, a legacy. Maybe it is stability and comfort, having a want for nothing, or at least enough to be content and satisfied. Perhaps it is achievement and accomplishment, reaching a milestone or receiving an award. Maybe it is adventure and spontaneity, experimenting and learning. Perhaps it is all about confidence, inner peace and happiness. Maybe it is appreciating the little things, but not getting too worked up about them either. Perhaps it is failure, mistakes and embarrassments, and growing stronger because of them. Maybe it is survival, simply waking up each morning and trying our best, no matter what the day throws at us. Perhaps, it is all about balance and abundance. Maybe, as Maya Angelou suggests, success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.
What is success to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Is there such a thing as the perfect life? If there is, would we actually ever want it or would we actually know we had it?
There are always times of contentment and gratitude, which are by far two of the most significant emotions in life. But there are also times of hunger, striving and moving forward. Sometimes this is in opposition with thankfulness and a present mindset, because we reach for everything we don’t have. But it’s also beautiful that humankind can hope, dream and act to make their and other people’s lives better.
There are also times of suffering and pain that we wish we could bypass or quickly recover from. But how would we know love, happiness and achievement without hardship and failure?
A perfect life might be easier but would it really be better? I think life is turbulent, where we experience a blend of all, the bad and the good, and still keep going. What is life to you?
Love is unbridled. It is packed with every letter sent from one to another across the seas and radiated by all those waiting at the airport arrival gates. Love is simple. It is carried with every gift, card or flower left for a loved one unexpectedly and felt every time we listen, comfort and strengthen another. Love is faithful. It guides each husband and wife, brother and sister, father and mother, friend and partner to the side of a beloved at their hospital bed, and is felt with each sacrifice one makes when love is chosen over everything else. Love is powerful, touching and universal. It conquers all insecurities, inequalities, conflicts and separations, as long as we let it and fight for it.
What is love to you? How do you show love and what do you do for love? Share below!
What do you want to be remembered for? Mind, words, or actions? Your spirit, energy and determination. Your craftsmanship, knowledge, and ability. Your kindness, generosity and love. Your courage, control and choices. We can never be sure when we might last see someone, when we might last see a window, when we might have our last chance or when we might have our last moment. Every day is a chance to build our legacy, no matter how insignificant we think it is. Pour yourself into it. Be mindful and aware. Be yourself. And share it with the world.