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“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness of people”
This picture was taken after my friend told me to stop smiling weird. The next picture is my weird smile for reference.
Always on the go
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them, that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever direction they like” -Lao Tzu
Looking back on my time in Spain this trip has given me more than I could have imagined. I have met some of the most beautiful people, I have shared the most unfathomable memories with old and new friends, I have worked in a country without knowing the language and have done better than I thought possible. It has been hard at times to pack up and head for the unknown but it has made an absolutely incredible summer. There are so many things that have changed my perspective and opinions, I am endlessly grateful for the things that have challenged me.
“Behind every exquisite thing that ever existed, there was something tragic” I fully acknowledge the melodrama of that quote with that pose. But alas, it’s been on my mind lately so here we go.
One of the hardest lessons that I’ve learned is that appreciating the beauty and greatness of others does not diminish your own. It makes my heart sad the amount of times I have seen something/someone beautiful and it unintentionally produced a negative feeling of either envy or jealousy, as if there was a finite amount of beauty in the world and anything I perceive as more beautiful somehow threatens the value of my own contribution to this planet.
My intention this week is to try to correct this tragic misperception of beauty: instead of viewing things through a critical lens, seeing only the value I want to give them/ or only giving things value based on their relation to myself, I would like to see things from a more impartial perspective. All in the hopes that if I take myself/my feelings/my insecurities out of the equation I will be able to better love and appreciate things for what they are. I encourage you to find whatever tragedy is burdening you and make small changes to turn it into something exquisite.
I had a very surreal moment when I couldn’t tell the ocean from the sky.
Today I read Freud describe an oceanic feeling as “a feeling of indissoluble connection, of belonging inseparably to the external world as a whole”. What a perfect place to read such a perfect quote.
“Do not go gently into that goodnight. Rage, rage against the dying of the light”
Recently, I’ve just came to the realization that I tend to go down similar roads, make the same mistakes, come to the same realization about myself and basically hit a road block. I put so much effort into self improvement I found myself getting really frustrated. But what I’ve realized(with the help of some good reads) is that I have a mindset of if only I work harder it will inevitably lead to something better. Best case scenario, this method leads to incremental gains. The familiar ways in which we normally deal with problems or people can be the greatest inhibitors to your personal progress because it can cloud your judgement from seeing new and better ways of doing things(essentially a path of least resistance). So here’s to a summer attempting to make a quantum leap in my life, getting rid of expectations in the hopes of better appreciating what’s in front of me and allowing myself to explore new paths to get to my ultimate goals.
I’ve tried really hard to implement more self grace in my life . Everyone is on the journey to become who they were meant to be. No one’s journey is exactly the same so it seems foolish to compare your path to others. Work hard do your best but recognize that your best may not look the same as others; realize that your timeline will not be the same as others; realize that being the most kind and authentic version of yourself is one of your greatest contributions to this earth.
I was really moved today. So I thought I’d share some insights. Everyone has an inner critic. This critic sometimes can drive and push you to be your best, but often I personally fall into a pattern of letting this inner critic become abusive about my biggest insecurities. But this critic drives your relationship to other people so if you don’t have a good relationship with yourself it will be much harder to have a good relationship with others. With all that being said I’ve created some mantras I use(some inspired by others) to help turn insecurities to self compassion and strength.
1) May I remember I am learning to love all living things 2) You are beautiful, kind, and deserving of the love you give to others 3) May I remember to cultivate understanding through all forms of love.
“The circus is a tiny closed off arena of forgetfulness. For a space it enables us to lose ourselves, to dissolve in wonder and bliss, to be transported by mystery. We come out of it in a daze, saddened and horrified by the everyday face of the world. But the old everyday world, the world with which we imagine ourselves to be only too familiar, is the only world, and it is a world of magic, of magic inexhaustible. Like the clown, we go through the motions, forever simulating, forever postponing the grand event. We die struggling to get born. We never were, never are. We are always in the process of becoming always separate and detached. Forever outside.” -From my favorite epilogue to the Smile at the Foot of the Ladder by Henry Miller