Monday, 1 March 2010

Seeking Inspiration: I want to live fully and completely

Photo from: stavanger

...what if I had given everything? Instead of going through the motions.


Dearest Devotees,

Too often we get bogged down by the grunt of everyday life. We fall into a tentative routine, end up in a style rut, or get buried under a mountain of things of chores, responsibilities and requirements. We forget to appreciate the little things and overlook the beauty of the proverbial rose garden, only seeing the weeds among it that we have to get rid of. Remaining in this
state of dryness be it spiritual, mental, emotional or otherwise is not a good way to live. Life is to be enjoyed, it is far too short to let it pass you by. It You deserve much more than a mediocre life. You deserve a Life Extraordinaire .

How to live a Life Extraordinaire:

  • Set epic life goals that are more to do with you enjoying yourself and being happy as opposed to being centered on you being 'successful'.
  • Love everything you love completely. Don't just give your heart halfway, give everything you've got. Let the people you love know you love them, and be in a career that gets you totally pumped to start each day (or at least most days).
  • Surround yourself with genuinely lovely people that accept you for who you are and that you care about deeply. You can't bring these people everywhere you go but knowledge that they are there will keep you from despair when they are not right there with you.
  • Take time every once in a while to just be. Have laze around days. Treat yourself to an early night. Go for a walk in a gorgeous sunflower field. Jump in rain puddles. Freeing yourself from constant straining activity keeps insanity at bay and refreshes your outlook on life.



Photo from: Tim Walker


I didn't care what anyone said. I was going to skate in the costume my grandmother made me. She had worked so hard on it, ever since the night I came home and announced I had made it into the my school's figure skating fairytale finals. I had been practicing a solo to Swan Lake for ages now and was just saying how I needed to have a stunning costume to capture everyone 's attention in the school. After working steadily on it for two weeks, she gave me the costume two nights ago saying how excited she would be to see me win it. Once I saw the costume I knew two things:

It would definitely catch everyone's attention.

I would be the butt of every joke in my seventh grade class for ages to come.


I fretted over if I should wear it when at dress rehearsal for the opening act, the other dancers did not try to hide their amusement.

"Hey it's Big Bird!" yelled one girl, and everyone broke into laughter.

After practice, the same girl came and told me that if I had any brains at all, I would not bother to show up the next day. That made me mad.

I told her I would be there, in my costume and that I would demolish her on the ice.
I was so sure of myself yesterday.
And now, standing beside the ice, in the line for the opening act I wondered if I had been wrong.
***

Three hours later...

Oh. MY. GOD! I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't see past the tears of joy that are streaming down my face. I feel someone's arms grab me as I'm pulled against them.

'I've never been so proud my beautiful granddaughter.' I look up into my grandma's teary eyes.

All the scorn and ridicule and general stress had been totally worth it.


Love you all and Stay inspired,



P.S. So let me know what you think. How do you translate what you see in the photo above? Do you live fully? What does living fully mean to you? What inspired you this week? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.

7 comments:

Cafe Fashionista said...

I truly adore you more than you will ever know, Aury! I see living life to the fullest as going after your dreams. Never allowing the harsh criticisms of others to get you down. To always rely solely upon yourself on your quest for achieving your desires! :)

pixelhazard said...

trying not to let the risk of embarassment hinder you. Living life means not letting being in a grumpy mood or being too proud prevent you from doing what you are there for.

Thanks for the sweet comment

Zmaga said...

I am sure I am not living life to the fullest, but these posts of yours help me be braver and creative, so thank you!

cass and cady said...

I really loved that last part. Really, sweet and gave me a smile. Thanks so much for the note.

Fashionography. said...

I love the song you quoted by Matthew West.

Aury said...

-Cafe Fashionista:

Oh Darling, you know I think you are awesome in several languages! I totally agree if one can pursue one's dreams without being hindered by the harshness of some of the masses, they will live a complete life.

-pixelhazard

That is very true. It's not in human nature to be constantly happy just because we all have to face difficulty or bland feelings every once in a while. It is overcoming this negativity that will lead us to where we want to be.

-Zmaga:

Thank u so much for saying that, Zmaga. That is what I aspire to.

-Cass and Cady
Aww thank you. I'm glad you liked it, especially since you are a fabulous fiction writer.

-Fashionography

Yayyy!!! I adore that song. It's my song of the week!

Love you ladies
xoxoxo

Laura's Style said...

I wish my son could think like this! I now am more at peace with myself because I know who I am and I am not afraid to express myself through style, words, my blog, etc. I was not always like this though. It was a struggle growing up and being who I am. I felt like I had to be two different people. One of them was the real me and the other one would be trying to fit in with all the others. I wish that when I was a young lady I had your blog in my life to inspire me! Now that I have discovered the real me and have developed true friendships I am a much happier lady:-)

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