“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney
A life outside the box. We tend to put ourselves in boxes. I know I do. I box myself into the things I should be doing and the things that I shouldn’t be doing. These are not necessary bad things, just not always the right things. I have expectations and perceptions of how I want things to work for me, I want my life to look a certain way and there is nothing wrong with that. However it is very easy to get caught up in opinions or in doing what you think you should be doing or what is perceived to be fitting for you to be doing. I struggle with this a lot. I get caught up in my own thought patterns of maybe I should just go and get a normal job that will help pay the bills and there is nothing wrong with those types of jobs, I’ve had them in the past, but I have this tugging inside of me to live my life differently, to step outside of the box and try something new.
I am very blessed that we have managed for me to stay home with my children for almost the last seven years. It has not always been easy and still isn’t easy, but it is a choice we made and it has worked for us. I now have two little people in school and my babe is a toddler, so I am starting to feel ready to embark on something different. I’ve spent the last few days tossing up going back to work to make some extra money, but then I wonder how I would manage all the after school activities my children do. So that is off the table for now.
So how do I live a life outside the box I have shaped for myself and that I feel others expect me to live within? For starters I have to remove myself from the box and the thought patterns associated with the box. Then I need to really sit and work out what I want from life. REALLY WANT FROM LIFE…Because it is all well and good to say that I want to be financially well off, that I want to be able to do this and that…but if I am not willing to put the hard work in then it is pointless in saying I want these things as I will never achieve them.
What if we devoted as much time to actually doing the things we want to do as we did thinking about them? I think about being a writer, I think about writing blog posts, but often when I still down to do them I stare at a blank screen and remember all the other things I need to be doing. So I am going to challenge myself to live outside the box that has defined me for so long, I’m going to commit to doing the things that may not make sense right now, but in the long run who knows they may pay off. The only thing I have to lose by trying is time, and to be honest I lose time even if I don’t try.
What does living a life outside the box look like for you? Are you willing to put in the hard work and long hours to see your dreams become a reality? It is so easy to talk about the things we want and not so easy to do them. I am sure that is why there are many people still talking about achieving big dreams who haven’t yet taken the first step. The clock is ticking…will it motivate you to try or will you put it off for another day?
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
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Blessings Amy x