If you’ve ever had an If I only knew then, what I know now… moment, then you’ll appreciate my list of things I can see clearly now.
It’s funny how only time can give you the perspective you need to figure out life. And even when you think you’ve figured it out as much as you possibly can, time again proves to you – but wait, there’s more. So as I’ve gone through various stages of my life pondering If I only knew then, what I know now…. about big areas of my life, here’s what I know to be true about myself at this very moment.
If I only knew then, what I know now…, I may:
- have had more confidence in all aspects of my life from my teen years to my college years;
- have been more adventurous;
- not have participated in throw away relationships;
- have walked away from bad situations/relationships faster;
- have told my high school self that what I thought was fat, was actually my ideal weight & should embrace it rather than try to look like what I saw on TV & in magazines;
- have handled a lot of other things in my life differently.
The truth though was that I did the best I could with what I had and life has turned out exactly as it was meant to for me. Through life’s trials and tribulations, Oprahisms, meditation, and supportive family and friends, I’ve learned a lot about myself along the way. Basically I now know what I want out of life – what I will tolerate, what I won’t – and it’s an amazing feeling!
So while I wish I could have experienced all this enlightenment years earlier, the things I can see clearly now are that everything happens for a reason and in its own time. Although I don’t have any kids, I now realize why parents are always handing out advice to us none receptive teens, young adults. They are also going through the same realizations I’m just now getting to and want their kids to know now, what THEY didn’t know then. I guess that’s the vicious cycle knowledge goes through. It’s a right of passage that is earned through struggle, heartache, age, etc. – kinda explains why history always repeats itself.
So teens, young adults, and anyone else struggling to get the best out if life, here’s what I know. When you take time to stop and smell the roses, live in gratitude, let go of EGO, (let go of the need to be right), and focus every part of your being (mind, body, soul, surroundings) on your goals (personal or professional), you will manifest the life you want in time to be able to enjoy it.
So cheers to living your best life!
What enlightenments have you had recently and how have they changed the way you live and/or view your life?
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