Nothing scares me more than living a life that is not true to who I am, true to what I believe or what I truly desire for myself. Seriously - nothing terrifies me more. This is not a trial run! But sadly, society has created a culture where people have become slaves to cash at the risk of losing themselves, their truth, their freedom. Of course I appreciate that money is important. It really is. It’s somewhat necessary to survive. The question then becomes - where is the source of the money coming from? Is it via an occupation which takes from my life or through doing something which brings true joy to every part of my being? People tend to forget they have the power to choose either or. Believe me, I know.
For much of my life I was a slave to money, fearing that if i quit my job I would be out on the streets with nowhere to go. In reality, however, this is not the case. There is always family and friends to call upon - and worst case scenario, there is always my career to fall back on as a Psychologist / Rehabilitation Counsellor. Those skills, qualifications, are not going anywhere.
My point is - for most of my life, I’ve followed a very traditional way of living. Go to school, get good grades, go to Uni, get an Honors degree, go to work, get the highest salary I can by working my way up to Senior roles. Sound familiar? Whilst I have nothing against people having a career, for those who find themselves stressed ALL THE TIME, dreading Monday’s (even Sunday’s), maybe it’s time to stop and ask why? What could be done differently? Because I assure you this is not a sustainable way of living. Serious illnesses like adrenal fatigue, burnout, heart disease, chronic fatigue (the list could go on!) can all occur due to maintaining these high levels of stress.
So what could be done differently? Try a new hobby perhaps. One which brings you into yourself, relaxes you. I like to paint when I have a spare moment. I’m certainly not a Monet or Picasso - in fact you may not be able to tell the difference between my painting and my one year old nieces - but regardless, I love to do it! There is something so freeing in playing with colours. Whatever it is for you, writing, singing, bike riding, be sure to take time out to do this. It’s vital for your sanity, your health, longevity. Plus, you never know what could eventuate, what path you may begin to follow. Yoga came into my life at a time when stress was paramount and chronic pain in my lower back was agonizing. So I tried something new. Eight years later - here I am. Teaching and loving absolutely every minute of it. Eight years ago I would never have thought this were possible, but with a little self belief, discipline, commitment to my practice and to myself, I made it so. As can you.
So again, ask yourself. Am I being true to me? What brings me joy? If I’m not doing that, then why? What steps do I need to take to make this a part of my life? Then do that. Because you deserve it.