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I joined the Fit Dish Link-Up a few weeks ago and I happy to be back again. The topics are really thought-provoking and start a great discussion. This week’s topic: Write a personal manifesto.
Immediately it sounded daunting. I googled other manifestos admittedly hoping to find one that fit me. I didn’t want mine to be “wrong.”
First mistake: trying to take the easy way out.
Second mistake: thinking what I believe is wrong.
Third mistake: looking outside of myself for the answer. Why did I need validation?
I thought about all the quotes, sayings and mantras that I’ve heard and I was drawn to my yoga studio. Quotes fill the walls, flyers, and apparel and instructors read from inspirational books during savasana. Yet none have stuck with me as much as one short, simple declaration. Trust that where you are now is exactly where you are meant to be.
Pretty powerful, right? It is applicable to so many different aspects of life…career, relationships, personal success, where you live, fitness, age, etc.
I remind myself of this when I start comparing my journey to that of others. My past didn’t mess me up or ruin what could have been. There is no “right” place and I’m constantly a work in progress – which is good! I want to grow. As much as the future excites and scares me, I should not dismiss this or any time of my life. Every chapter is crucial to the rest of my story.
During the first two years of college I just wanted it to end. I wanted to move on and enter the “real world.” I constantly thought there was some place better for me or that another school, city or career would have made me happier. But now, I realize just how important it was/is to have this experience. Honestly, leaving would have been the easy way out. The fact that I stayed and learned from the challenges shows that any experience, good or bad, forms who we are. And who we are is pretty awesome.
As a few new challenges lie ahead of me I’m focusing on respecting and appreciating the journey. Whether I enjoy the experience or not, 9.5 times out of 10 it will teach me something valuable. I may envy other people’s journey’s from the surface, but mine is special and meant for me. As your journey is for you and her journey is for her, etc. Own this time of your life and have faith that you’ll be just fine.
That was a lot of deep and somewhat random talk for me but Jill was right, doing this adds some perspective. As naive as it sounds to write a manifesto, it really serves a good purpose.
What quote do you live by?
Have you written your personal manifesto?