Health & Wellness Blog #3: Live with a Youthful Exuberance
Whatever stage of life we currently find ourselves in, we often ask the question is there more to life than this? Overwhelmed with responsibilities and deadlines, ubering kids from one place to another or life has gotten mundane, and it feels like we are just going through the motions. These are all natural emotions and experiences to feel, but we can take a little advice from our younger self to break out of this rut and get back to experiencing all life has to offer.
“If only my younger self knew then what I know now, things would have been different.” What exactly does this statement that we hear so often mean? Maybe you’d make less mistakes and choose the “correct” path whatever that is more quickly, but without learning, exploring and figuring things out for ourselves we’d miss out on the joy and adventure that comes from living! In essence, life would become boring, predictable and unimaginative.
What would it look like if we flipped the above statement to, “What would my younger self think if they could see where I am currently at in my life?” Would they be proud? Would they be disappointed? Would they encourage us to take a few more risks? Would they say, “Seriously, how have you forgotten about your passions and dreams?”
If your younger self could see you now what would they say to you and what advice would they give you? I imagine they would say to start living with a youthful exuberance! Stop worrying so much about the things you can’t “control” and instead see how you can “contribute” into society and the world. Explore the world around you and when opportunities arise, don’t let them pass you by.
What is a passion or fire you have that you would like to reignite and explore in the present? Ask your younger self that question and listen to their answer, as it might be just what you need to start living in the moment and experiencing all that life has to offer! When you take into consideration your experiences and wisdom you have accumulated and pair that with a youthful exuberance, every day can become a blessing unlike any you could have ever imagined.