There is no time like now, today, in these moments. And that is why it’s called the present. ~ Some Wise Person
As a young adult in America, you see so many new ads, trends, the new hype of fashion and the aesthetic of not caring about the world and living in the moment. It get’s to be a little overwhelming, don’t you think? These all-natural diets that claim to make you feel good inside and more alive (been there done that), let m put it this way: all the bs gets old. But as a young adult in America in this day in age, you have the opportunity to do what our parents may have not been able to do: Look for the real you.
First things first, you need to really stop and think. This is big step, finding you, it’s going to be a little hard, hey, and maybe it’ll be easy! You up for this?
Make a promise to yourself: When the going get’s rough, you’ll look in the mirror and say, “Hey there gorgeous/handsome. You can do this.” Make a list of all the things you’ve always wanted to do just to get you started. Here are some of mine:
- Go hiking
- If you’re not the adventuring type, this might just be the thing for you! Now hear me out, hiking doesn’t mean you need to scale up Kilimanjaro tomorrow, but find a nature trail near you, get some good sneakers and some comfortable clothes. Leave your phone off. Or on do not disturb. You’d be surprised how much time you have to think when you’re not snap chatting your nature walk or sending videos of the cool bird you found or the sunset in the woods.
- Swim in a clear ocean
- You know what that means! T R A V E L. Save up and go to that place and getaway just like you always wanted to. Yow that’ll love it, I promise. I’m taking my own advice and doing that soon!!! (Another post to come)
- And if you’re afraid of the ocean (some people are) find a natural spring, maybe a national park, and swim there. Still good.
- Fly a kite
- Let’s be real I just thought of this one, but now that I think about it. hey, why not! I’ve never done it before. It looks like fun!!
- Go to an art museum… and really look at the art
- This past week, I went to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Now it’s not the Louvre or the Guggenheim, but man it was fun! Three floors of art, one space, winding staircases and the light, don’t get me started on the amazing sunlight all throughout the building. (Not to mention the selfie lighting! Ladies you know what I mean)
- Read all the books you’ve wondered about (make that list)
- I used to read all the time. When I got to college I “didn’t have time anymore” but you make time for the things you want to do so I’m going to do just that. Starting with Ana Karenina.
- Eat new foods (another list)
- Try new restaurants… alone
- Ethnic food is always a y e s. Do it.
- Find a new favorite food
- Right now mine is shrimp, I can make it into anything.
- When I tried sushi for the first time I found a new favorite fish – yellowtail. But I only like it raw and classic sushi which is interesting!
- Pray more
- Believe in something. The Bible and the Quran are holy books there is so much to learn, so much knowledge. And even if you decide not to convert, prayer is soothing and it helps sort out all the gunk in life. There is this calm that passes over you, and this feeling of… completion. Try it, let me know what you think, just throwing it out there.
Always remember that you owe it to yourself to find out who you really are. This journey is going to change your life and you’re almost there! Last piece of advice: trust you. You got this. And even if you don’t you will eventually. There’s no rush on the creative process and you are your greatest masterpiece.
Don’t miss out.