It’s been over a year since I’ve been on this blog. Since my last entry life has been decent. I’ve made a job change and found dance which has brought me the joy I feared I’d never have again. However, the uncertainty and fear currently going on with this pandemic has me thinking of Rudy and how I wish he was here with me. These feelings have brought me back to writing. Ever since Rudy died I’ve been acutely aware of how life can change in an instant and here we have it happening again for the entire world. In the last 4 years since his death there are three things that I have learned and now try to practice regularly:
Keep it simple. Take a moment to look around at all the beauty. Go outside and be in nature. I have found it to be the most healing thing available to me. Be in silence. Meditate. Listen to the birds, hear the wind blowing through the trees and bushes. Feel the sunshine on your skin. Let nature rejuvenate you every day.
Live in the moment. All we truly have is the here and now. There’s no guarantee of the next second let alone the next day or week or year. My life changed in a split second. The solid ground of the life I knew fell away and was gone in an unexpected moment. No preparation. No bracing myself. It was gone just like that. So, appreciate the NOW. Focus on the NOW. Do not allow yourself to look too far ahead and begin to worry about things that may or may not occur. Don’t even focus on the good that is ahead b/c you are wasting what is NOW. Your life is this very moment. That is all you truly have. Center yourself each day, week or month however often you need to remind yourself to live in the NOW b/c it’s so easy to lose sight. Don’t give your moments away. Your life is not in the past, that is over and done with. Nor is it in the future, a future that may never happen. This moment right now is your life. Live it and love it. Make a conscious effort to refocus on being mindful and present. I promise that if you do your life will have more meaning and it will bring you much more happiness.
Speaking of happiness, don’t wait to do what makes you happy because again there’s no guarantee the time you’re waiting to do these things will be there. If it brings you joy find a way. You may need to be creative in order to be able to do these things especially now with all that’s going on, but if that’s what it takes so be it. Just because it may not be easy does not mean you give up and forget about it. Find an alternative way. Don’t one day wish you had tried this, or taken a class for that, or traveled to this place, or did this more. You will never regret doing the things that make you happy, but how sad to regret not doing them at all. Step out of the box. Fear nothing. Follow your heart.
So, in this time of uncertainty keep it simple, live in the NOW and do what makes you happy. We’ll all get through this one moment at a time.