Brings in More Depth
I’ve noticed that the “meaning of life” has become deeper and more meaningful as time goes on. This is something I had never anticipated when I was a teenager because my experiences then didn’t carry the wisdom I gained later in my adult years. As a teenager or young adult I didn’t realize the depth that life would eventually bring because I was preoccupied with trying to find my place in the world, looking for my independence. That period of my life gave me the freedom to learn and discover how to find my way, and the struggles that I encountered along the way helped to build my determination to succeed in attaining the life I had envisioned. Actually that vision hasn’t changed much, yes there are a few improvements to the plan and the only reason it took me so long to reach my desired goal is because I got distracted trying to help others build their dreams.
In the case of the above quote I wasn’t hired, my natural instinct is to help especially if I see someone struggling and I think there’s something I can do to assist. The downfall is that as much as you may want to help someone where you can, you may be doing them more harm than good because how can they build their own determination if you are doing all their work.
I’ve learned many life lessons so far that have definitely challenged me and I’ve discovered that there is so much more to the relationships we form with others than just what we see on the surface. I’ve found that my favorite relationships are those that are truly authentic and authenticity is not something that can be fabricated. These are the relationships I aspire to and those that were false have been unable to sustain any challenges and have fallen away and/or ended.
Not all endings are sad, some endings are closure to a challenging time, some endings signify personal victory and some endings reinforce your faith in direction of life. Like “Semisonic’s” lyrics say, “every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end”. Endings must occur in order to create room for the new beginning and that new beginning is an unopened present from the universe, full of opportunities and choices that are yours to embrace. Every opportunity can branch out into so many other areas and most of us either don’t attempt to explore them or don’t notice they are there because we too busy looking back at the last ending. Everything happens for a reason, everything begins for a reason and everything ends for a reason. The learning offered with every new beginning can literally change your life and it’s usually for the better. There are so many beautiful things out there for us to learn and to remain open is the best way to enjoy all that life has to offer.
If you are feeling like life owes you than you are doing more to deprive yourself of the enjoyment of it than any one person or group could. Pay attention to the gifts that you have already been given and are living, you may be taking more for granted than you realize. Living in gratitude for the basics is the best way to increase your appreciation for the bigger moments. When you are grateful for the smaller gifts in life it makes the bigger gifts that much more spectacular and meaningful.
I’ve found that other people’s ideas of who I should be don’t have value for me anymore and what matters most is how comfortable and content I am in my own skin. With that comfort and content comes the confidence that allows me to embrace the depth that life has been offering, the depth that provides me with greater clarity and direction. There is no pretense to who I think I should be or who I think others think I should be, my comfort with who I am allows me the freedom to explore and determine the types of relationship I seek and those relationships are the ones with true connection and meaning. True connection can be found in the moments when nothing monumental is happening but you feel drawn and connected to another soul for an inexplicable reason except that it feels natural, comfortable and familiar. There are some connections I’ve encountered that I don’t know why I feel the instant connection and I think that’s because sometimes our souls recognize that familiar soul before our minds or hearts do.
One of the changes I’ve discovered in myself over the last 10 years is that the people that I truly connect with are not those who I used to and those that I used to I never really knew. It’s not that I was closed off before it was that I hadn’t truly been opened up, it takes experiences to bring wisdom. Monumental and life changing experiences can propel us onto a path that we never realized existed and into the lives of those we never really noticed were there. The people I’ve noticed now are truly authentic and have more depth than I ever realized I would see or feel.
I believe the path that our experiences propel us onto is where the universe has always meant for us to go and the people we encounter on that path are there for a reason. Some of them are meant to stay and some are meant to leave but all are meant to help us get to where we are meant to be. I don’t believe in coincidences, everything happens for a reason, and all reasons eventually become clear when the time is right. There are some reasons still left to evolve in my life and I look forward to the clarity when it comes because so far I haven’t been disappointed. All of my life lessons have brought me greater awareness and insight and with each of these lessons I develop a greater appreciation for the things I took for granted. I think we all forget at one time or another and take the simplest thing for granted, not because we are unappreciative but because life is busy and hectic and it’s the pace that keeps us from stopping and taking it all in for what it really is, a gift.
I know that my comfort and contentment with where I am in life right now will only increase as time goes on and as much as I don’t want to rush the future I look forward to the gifts, blessings and insight that are to come. As much as I know this chapter has brought depth, the remaining chapters in life will bring even more clarity and substance.