Walking Though the Seasons of My Life
The lyric of one of my all-time favorite songs asks, “Can I handle the seasons of my life?” Well Stevie Nicks, I don’t know, but thus far, as you say, time makes you bolder, even children get older and I’m getting older too and with that comes experience and hopefully a little wisdom.
Sure there are the, should of, could of, and what ifs, dancing in my mind so I try instead to nurture a little positivity and banish those nasty little inner critics from hosting a pity party in my head. Some days are a breeze and some are not, but living each day in the moment, letting go of past mistakes, and trying my best not to fret about the future is all I have.
What I do know is that those “seasons of my life” are passing me by and as I reflect, I feel blessed to say that life is good. No, I did not say perfect but good and that’s ok.
Today’s social media can easily put a damper on one’s perception of whether their life is good, bad, boring, or exciting. Everyone posts pictures and stories of all the good times and fun activities they enjoy with family and friends which leads us to believe that WOW they must have the most awesome life ever. In reality though, we all know most all of us are dealing with some kind of “stuff” that is not so post worthy. So why do we allow ourselves to be caught up in those fantasies? Perhaps it has become the norm and it’s what everyone does and talks about. How do you handle it? Do you handle it? Sometimes myself, I just have to take a break from everyone’s business and I find it quite refreshing.
Other ways that I try to keep the inner critics at bay and the positivity flowing is simply trying to stay healthy. I always feel better mentally when I’m rested, eating well and getting my daily exercise. Seriously, it is totally worth the effort. If I had to prescribe one thing for someone to help them get out of a funk, it would be to take a dang walk! While you’re out there, breathe, clear your mind or fill your mind with thoughts and work them out, say a prayer or two, hash out a mental gratitude list, and when you arrive back home, replenish yourself with water. Simple, inexpensive, and very effective!
As I journey through the seasons of my life, discover ways to make life better, to feel gratitude and satisfaction with what I have and what I have to offer, by my calculations, my personal prescription of walking has taken me from the East coast to the West coast of the United States at least ten times over the last twenty years. Works for me so I think I will keep going. Hope you give it a try and find the same satisfaction I have for so many years!