Believe it or not, I get bored out here and honestly, I feel like an idiot even admitting that. I know that I go on and on about how amazing everything is, and trust me I do my very best not to take my situation for granted. The truth of the matter is this is my life and just like everyone else repetitive behavior sometimes leads to mundanity. I try to take a little time to every day to live in the moment and remind myself that everything about me is rooted in something that I’m doing and not something being done to me. I know that I’m doing something wrong when I feel these moments, but it takes a directed effort to stay focussed. It usually only takes a small change of course to find my path again. I feel like one of my biggest accomplishments of the last year has been to recognize when my brain wanders and find whatever it is that’s needed to redirect myself back towards a productive direction.
Things are changing for me, and it feels wonderful. I am being presented with more and more opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with people outside of my realm. I find the process to be almost as terrifying as it is encouraging and exciting. It’s changed the way that I travel. I have more purpose now, and more focus on whatever environment that I find myself in.
I’m trying to make sure that I find balance in my drive to achieve and my ability to just enjoy watching the days float by. I tend to find myself in a fury of purpose when I have a project on deck, I don’t want to miss the birds in the trees while I seek the next image or story.
Lately, I’ve been trying to slow down a little. I know in my heart that I’ve spent my entire conscious adult life running from something. A thousand things, actually. Roadlyfe started as a way for me to try to escape what I felt like was a path of mediocrity, or rather maybe normalcy. I had a great life before, with ups and downs like everyone else. I felt a little stitch in my mind telling me that I needed to seek something more, if not just to broaden my personal experience in life.
Now, in my current life, I want to be available to see the things that set my days and thoughts on fire. Instead of barreling towards eventual oblivion at full speed I force myself to just take the time to drink in my surroundings. I watched this fisherman for a long time, having what I can only imagine was a perfect morning. I imagine that he never knew that he had helped make my morning perfect as well.
It’s easy to make goals for myself, and just as easy to break them. I want to take a moment to recommit myself to the life that I have worked so hard to make. I promise to try to be kinder to myself and everyone that I come into contact with. I promise to make my goals attainable no matter how lofty they might be. I promise to keep running from ocean waves until one of them finally takes me away. I promise to keep pushing my thoughts and experiences out into the universe to see what comes back. I genuinely hope that I have the opportunity to take one thousand more blurry moonlit selfies.
Thank you for taking the time to look at this today.
And lastly, a couple of pictures of my sweet little house, looking beautiful. Onward and upward.
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