Growing up I was a tom-boy, I didn’t like the the “girly” things and I was pretty much opposite of my older, super creative and artistic sister, Melissa. My parents were amazingly supportive of my sister and I – I love and appreciate them for enrolling me in any and every activity they could find – I tried it all! What I love even more about them is that they let me quit the things I clearly didn’t enjoy. My mom enrolled me in dance classes (lasted one day), gymnastics, Girl Scouts (didn’t make it past a Daisy), piano lessons, just to name a few. All of which, were just not for me. Sports were for me – that’s what I loved to do. My parent’s recognized how happy I was on the playing field and that I thrived being part of a team. Rather than forcing me to do a million things I didn’t enjoy, or follow in my sisters foot steps they let me give 100% to the things I loved most and let me set my own path. Reflecting back, I think there is an incredible life lesson wrapped up within all of this. They taught me to try anything and everything but only stick with the things that I truly love and enjoy.
As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, I hope that 2017 (and beyond) will bring you lots of joy. I hope you do more of what makes you happy and cut the things out of your life that don’t. I hope you are not afraid to quit. I know that word has a negative connotation associated with it but quitting can be quite empowering when we are doing it for the right reasons. Hear me out…I am not saying “Quit everything! Quit life! But, I am saying you should quit the things that don’t matter to you. This is highly personal to you and you need to do some soul searching to figure out what that truly matters to you. If something contributes to your big picture goals, gives you meaning and fulfillment then THAT is worth pursuing and persevering through. The things that don’t; should be dropped. I am absolutely guilty of holding on to the things that don’t matter purely because of perception and pride. I don’t want to be a “quitter”. If something/someone doesn’t bring you value, give you meaning and help you reach your goals then you are just wasting time and energy. And for what?! To save face? To not fail? To not be labeled a “quitter”? Don’t let pride and an obsession over what other people think destroy your inner peace and pursuit of happiness. Quitting the things that don’t matter will bring you one step closer to bringing your authentic self forward and living a meaningful life.
Quit the things that don’t matter and give 100% to the things that do.
Here are a couple great blog posts on quitting – check ’em out and start thinking differently about what it means to quit and when it’s the right time to do so.
(Photo cred to my amazing hubster, Andrew.)
Embrace the day!