We All Get A Little Lost Sometimes

We All Get A Little Lost Sometimes

Disclaimer: This self-silhouette picture is totally not from like, 2013, and I totally didn't take it while blasting Twenty One Pilots outside of my garage.

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Who's ready to get a little emotionally detached for a second? I feel like it's that time of year where we're are in a bit of a mental funk. Actually, maybe you're like me and you've been in this weird bit of time where it seems like nothing is happening.

As a freshman in college, there's bound to be some identity crisis with time flying by seemingly fast. For me, I started the summer not really worrying about the upcoming transition to college. I was really enjoying my time off and didn't really go full out with the whole "let me plan the whole year out immediately, like right now, no sleep until I have the next four years planned out." Then I got hit by the whole panic of actually going to college and spent all of August panicking and drowning; August was rough, no lie.

But after I completed the transition from just getting off the adrenaline overdose from the rollercoaster that is high school, I settled into this middle road of not knowing what I was doing but knowing I needed to keep working. In other words, I know there's a life goal that I am actively working towards, but time doesn't feel right now. It's November? Huh? Even now, I feel like I'm just stuck in this weird moment of "in between."

I think part of that is being in college; it doesn't feel real. And part of THAT part is living in the same town as my college and not having left this town for about 16 years. I went to pre-K ten minutes from campus and spent my childhood running around the Chemistry Department at UGA as my parents both worked on their post-doctorate and masters. I've been here for so long, nothing seems new anymore. It just seems like a continuous cycle with not much changing. But hey, this seems to be the path that life has set out for me, so I don't really have any choice but to follow it. It's the only sense of direction that I feel I have.

This isn't a full-out complaint though. There is some convenience and advantage that comes with being so at home and familiar with my environment. For one, I was lucky to not be thrown into an ocean of "new" when starting college. Just a lake.

Needless to reiterate, I'm feeling lost, like my head is up in the clouds. I'm figuring out what I have the freedom to feel and invest in, but I know I can't sacrifice too much mind power to that balance of work and play. And just so I can work in that weekly reference to Ariana Grande, I just gotta keep breathin.

So to anyone else feeling that winter weather slowing your soul, keep your head up and carry on. We've all been there. Don't let it drag you down too far, but let it be a lesson to keep working up to the top of the mountain. You'll know you've reached the summit where you reach happiness and satisfaction in what you've accomplished and worked towards. It doesn't have to a huge life milestone. Maybe it's a small internal goal, but it's still monumental.

If you can picture your self, zoom out on you, on your home, on your city, on your country, and on Earth. Take a second and look around the galaxy. Look how much there is. Now zoom back in. Look how small we are. We are all inconsequential, theoretically. But it's the happiness and meaning we achieve in our non-lost moments that make us the most important beings to exist. Grab on to those things that keep you grounded and come back down to earth. They'll keep your gravity intact, as long as you remember to hold on.

Okay, I think I've made it very obvious that I wrote this article at 2:17 am on a Friday night.

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Dr. Michael Hart in London, Ontario Describes How to Live with Intention Rather Than Go with the Flow

When you live with intent, you are a doer. You make things happen instead of waiting for life to surprise you and work toward your aims to create the lifestyle you want.

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Few people live with intention. Some set goals occasionally. They might go on a diet or aim to give up smoking for instance. The rest of the time they meander through life and are at the mercy of its tides. When you live with intent, you are a doer. You make things happen instead of waiting for life to surprise you and work toward your aims to create the lifestyle you want.

Intentional living is important because it helps you lead a full existence in line with your objectives and values. It's easy to sit back and let life take the reins. When you do, though, you might reach the end of your life and find you haven't done what you longed to do.

Dr. Michael Hart in London, Ontario takes a holistic approach to healthcare and has helped hundreds of patients find relief from ailments where traditional treatments fell flat. "Things are never just going to fall into place, that's a recipe for disaster. If you do that, other people are going to decide what you want, and they'll probably take advantage of you. You need be self-aware and live with intention. You need to create the life that you deserve, it's not going to be created for you," stated Dr. Hart.

Here's how to bring more intention and focus to the fore.

Know what you want

You must first know what you want before you live with intention. Consider the life you wish to lead in ten years. What do you hope to have learned by then? Can you picture your future self? How is the future you different to the present you?

Dr. Hart affirmed, "You have to explore to know what you want. You have to try different things. Trying new things and discovering that you don't like them is part of the process, it's not a setback. Sometimes knowing what you don't want can also be helpful. You might be spending too much doing things that you don't even enjoy."

Once you understand what you desire, you can build steps to your goals. If you imagine you'll have a huge social circle in ten years, for instance, consider the steps it takes to gain more friends and move in the right direction. Likewise, if you imagine you have greater success in your career, ask yourself what it will take to develop your skills and reach your aim.

Mindfulness

Creating intentions might not be hard. Sticking to them will be tricky, though, unless you are mindful. When you've repeated actions that help you reach your targets often, they will become second nature to you. Until that time, however, you must be mindful of them.

You might aim to be fit and healthy, for instance, but forget to exercise daily. Or you may eat unhealthy foods because the importance of not doing so hasn't taken root in your mind. The way around the problem is to engage in chosen activities at similar times of the day or evening. The clock is then your cue to inch toward your goals.

It's essential to also mindful of your emotional state. "Sit with your emotions. Emotions are not good or bad, they are neutral. Don't get depressed about being depressed or angry about being angry. Humans have 7 basic emotions, and we need to be able to sit with all of them," stated Dr. Hart.

Applying mindfulness to life

Some objectives require constant mindfulness. The intention to be a good listener, for instance, requires an almost continual focus. Then again, maybe your ultimate aim is to live every moment of your life intentionally. In which case, you need to bear your objectives in mind all the time.

Enhanced self-awareness and awareness of your surroundings brings clarity and will help you concentrate. This can be achieved if you train your mind to observe what happens rather than let it wander. Practicing mindful meditation, and following your breath, can boost a sense of calm attentiveness and help you stay on track.

Ultimately, as Dr. Michael Hart stated, "Action trumps everything. Without action, all the reading that you do is a waste."

There might be times when it's best to go with the flow. Doing so may even be exciting as you never know your journey's end. Most of the time, however, you'll benefit from adopting an intentional lifestyle and working toward a destination you choose.

About Dr. Michael Hart:

Dr. Michael Hart in London, Ontario is the Founder, Medical Director, and Head Physician of Readytogo Clinic. Throughout his career, he has helped countless patients gain control of their health through non-traditional medical treatments. His passion for staying up to date on the latest in medicine has positioned him as one of Canada's leaders in alternative healthcare.

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To The Girl Who's Always Busy

I have never known what it's like to sit and do nothing, I have always been busy and on the go but I truly wouldn't have it any other way. So here I am writing this not only to share what it's like but as a reminder to myself, here's some advice to girls just like me…

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Breathe.

Sit back and breathe. That is one thing I wish someone would have told me. Don't overwork yourself, leave some me time in your schedule, I promise it will all work out. You may not see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it is there - timing is everything.

I have always had a busy schedule, trying to balance school, work, homework, social life, family time. If it wasn't one thing it was another. You feel like you never slow down. You basically live out of your car and always apologize when someone gets in because half of your closet is in there. You feel like you have to make plans well in advance just so you can make sure it happens and something else doesn't get in the way. And then once in a blue moon when you do get a second of free time, you feel like you should be doing something, so you get up and go do - sound familiar?

Haha yeah, that's me. I've gotten to the point if I have a "lazy day," I feel guilty. I should be doing something, cleaning, making a list, something at least.

But you know what? It's okay to be busy. It's okay to always be on the go - but it's also okay to carve a little time out of your hectic weeks for some "me time." Even if it is 20 minutes.

From waking up to doing your night time routine, your day is usually packed full of things to do - I get it. Busy is a good thing, but remember to take care of yourself. That's one thing it took me 21 years to learn, taking care of yourself is so important.

Think about it - you can't conquer the day when you don't treat yo' self every once and while.

With that being said, the busy girl with her car a mess, coffee in her hand, scatterbrained and running 100 miles per hour - you do you, girlfriend. You got this, nothing can slow you down.

And remember, any girl is unstoppable with a coffee (or tea if you prefer) in her hand, and Jesus in her heart!

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