Life… is it what it is?

July 22nd, 2014

Life is… How would you end that sentence? Funny? Hard? Interesting? Strange? Whatever your answer may be, I’d be willing to bet those around you may answer it differently. Even possibly more interesting, if you asked those around you to answer that question for you, once again, the answers would probably be quite varied, and often contradictory.

Life is… life. It’s what happens while you make other plans. You never know what direction your life may take, or what new adventures may suddenly be placed on your path. As with my previous posts lately, all I would suggest, is that you do whatever you can to make it fun. If you suddenly find yourself exploring some new aspect of your life, enjoy every minute of it. It could just be the start of a long and wondrous new adventure, a short “plot twist”, or it possibly even a small sub-text to something larger.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have (and be) the participant of all of those very recently. Some of them I wrote about here (though a bit cryptically at times) and some I’ve kept to myself. One thing I’ve learned (again as it were) is that quite often you think something going on in your life fits into one of the aforementioned categories, only to discover, in hindsight, that it was something completely different. Being willing and able to acknowledge these “discrepancies” in what you thought was reality is exactly what is required to keep exploring new and exciting things.

Just a few weeks ago I was in a completely different mindset, and am still amazed at how quickly ones perspective can become adjusted to realize that you need to adjust your perspective. A recent project for the photography group I am a part of was in fact perspective (not sure if I’ve written about that yet or not). But we were challenged with taking photos of the local courthouse square, from a different perspective. That is a good assignment to give yourself in your everyday life. Take a look at things going on from a new perspective. Be willing to the accept the fact that maybe something right in front of you really is what it appears to be. But also be prepared to open your mind a bit to it maybe even being something more (or possibly less).

Once again, as I look back at what I just wrote I realize it is again cryptic. I guess I just like writing to make people think, and allow what I write to be broadly applied to possibly allow more people to apply it to whatever their current life is dealing them. Examine where you are, what is going on, and quite possibly, you may discover something staring you right in the face, that you hadn’t even realized was there.

What IS your life?


ROI of happiness

July 10th, 2014

Have you been lucky enough to come across someone in your life whose mere presence fills you with so much joy that you almost feel you are going to burst? Sadly, I don’t think enough people have. Should you be one of the fortunate ones, then hold on, it’s not going to always be an easy ride, but you’ll be happy that you were a part of the journey.

I’ve been fortunate enough to know someone for most of my adult life who I enjoy spending time with. Just the thought of being able to get even a brief bit of their time makes me feel overjoyed. It’s natural to wish for more, but one thing I’ve learned (though I sometimes need to be re-taught this lesson) is that you can’t expect that things will always be smooth.

Walls go up, defenses are raised, it’s only natural, especially when everyone has had their hopes shattered in past relationships. There aren’t too many people these days who can’t say they’ve never been let down in a relationship. Have that happen to you a few times, and you learn pretty quickly to put your guard up when you sense someone is getting through at that level again. A key point to remember, is don’t run at any of the walls that may be put in place. Instead, you’re better off approaching them slowly, learning why they are there and how you can make a best effort to overcome them.

Unfortunately, you can’t live life without being daring enough to put yourself out there from time to time. At first it will feel like you are completely out of your element. ¬†Anything worth having in life is going to come with some sort of a cost, sometimes it’s not a fee you feel comfortable with, but more often then not, given time and patience, you may discover the result was worth far more than you realized, and worth every penny.

What’s the meaning of this?!?!?!

July 6th, 2014

My writing has always been sporadic at best. I’ve noticed that my best bouts of writing tend to occur when I am most inspired, and typically that inspiration arrives in the form of someone (and occasionally something) in my life. A muse if you will. Muses take on many forms, but the one that seems to both inspire me the most, and generate some of the better posts, tends to involve people in my life. I’ve always known I’m a person who thrives most when part of a couple. Not that I am unable to remain by myself, but when there is someone else who I am trying to include in my life (besides my kids obviously) I’ve noticed that I tend to most excel overall.

I’ve never worried much about how I am viewed by those not a part of my “inner” circle of friends and family. Not that I disregard their opinions completely, but I certainly don’t allow them to dictate the direction of my life. If I feel in the mood, then I’ll easily embarrass those around me. When I have someone in my life that makes me shine, I’ve learned that I then like to share that glow with everyone I encounter. Whether it is someone in a grocery store that laughs at my shenanigans, or the people of our group when we are out that just shakes their heads and wonders what I may be up to now, I just like making sure other people are having at least a portion of the fun I am.

My recent splurge of posts is attributable to someone in particular. Unfortunately, the position in my life that just a week ago I thought they would begin to play a major role in, has instead become more of a reserved role. I’ve noticed that has caused a decrease in my inspirational moments, but that will soon balance itself back out again.

I guess the point behind this post is to find what inspires you to be the most creative, and fill your life with it. But when it becomes outside of your ability to do that, work through and find another point of inspiration. People may notice that you aren’t “up to par” for a bit, but it’s still better to at least attempt to keep your inspiration alive while you rekindle your inspiration. I may have lost the level of my current muse, but I refuse to lose the hope that my muse will return, in what form or when is still left up to chance, but it will return.