Do you ever stop sometimes and think deeply about your life up until this point now? Every now and again I find myself in a long daydream thinking about the past 32 years- the up's and the downs, accomplishments, friends, family, things I've learnt (often the hard way), the people I've encountered, the places I've visited, the experiences and opportunities I've had, things that are painful, mistakes that I've made, relationship fall out, attitudes, growth seasons, fun times and moments of clarity...
All of us have things that we look back on and cringe about, laugh about, cry about or celebrate but how often do we reflect on these things and use these memories to find strength, motivation, purpose or opportunities even to heal?
I certainly haven't had all 'high' moments over the past 32 years- so many seasons of pain, growth and things to overcome. I know of people that I've hurt, times that I've fallen short and things that I can't undo. Can you relate? I don't think I'm on my own with this. It's easy to have a goal of 'living with no regrets' but the fact is we have had to go through these things in order to grow and become the people we are today. I for one have learnt to have so much gratitude and overwhelming compassion for others. The ability to relate with things that people around me are going through and an inner strength and resilience to press on and have faith in something bigger.
Whatever moment of life you're in right now I hope that this essay of a post reminds you that 'you've got this' and your best days are ahead. It's all up from here. Stop and reflect on all of the positive things in your life and the people that you're surrounded with, reflect on the important things and let everything else go. Love fiercely, forgive quickly and look up. May you go from strength to strength in all that you pursue and embrace all that is ahead.