Every new year people across the country make resolutions. Perhaps its something new to try, a goal to reach or a change they'd like to make. Whatever the resolution may be, its around the month of march that enthusiasm begins to wain if it hasn't already. Life gets the better of us. Old habits die hard. The new year doesn't seem so different from the last and you feel like your on the same path.
A year ago or so, in march of 2015, I made a simple resolution with myself. It wasn't long after winter started to thaw that I began to recognize the truth in the notion "there's never a perfect time". So I made the commitment to myself that I wouldn't wait for the "perfect" moment to do, try or say something. If I thought of an activity, thought, or change I wanted to make I would simply do my best to implement it right away. "Why wait" was my mantra.
Not being one for resolutions in the traditional sense I was skeptical of the whole idea. But I quickly realized that all a resolution is, is a commitment to approach each moment as an opportunity to implement your goals, reach for your hopes and follow the path that you dream about.
What I learned from implementing this resolution is that you can't always act on a thought when you have it. However, after embodying this resolution as a new mindset I found it had a deeper impact in ways I'd never expected. I began to make a lists of activities, now seemingly exponential, that I wanted to do. I became more organized around doing, saying and trying activities that brought me joy. From writing, to sewing, to crafting, to sharing on social media, to hiking by myself, to taking more photographs, to spending time reading, or being active with my family and so much more.
What I realize now that I didn't realize a year ago is that so much of my time was spent holding back, waiting for the right time, that I missed out on little joys that surrounded me. From ferns growing out of a brick wall, to what a frost heave looks like up close, to the way sunlight cast shadows on my husbands back as we ride bikes and so much more.
Now I am far from perfect in implementing this resolution. I definitely still hesitate, but what I have gained is the perspective to challenge that hesitation. I'm excited to continue to hone my skills with this resolution and live life boldly present. I hope perhaps that this will help you do the same. #livelifeboldlypresent
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Hi, I'm Liz. I like to write about life and the wisdom I cull from it. I use words and images to inspire empathy and connection with each other and the world.