Just a quick little post to help you all beat the Monday blues! I hope you all had a great weekend enjoying the weather; we actually had a beautiful sunny (and legitimately warm!) day yesterday, so a few of us lit up the barbecue and soaked up the rays. I can also tell you that it is in fact possible, albeit quite difficult, to get sunburned in Scotland…but I’ve managed it.
While I was relaxing with everyone I realised how stress-free I truly felt in some time, and started wondering what I’ve really been worrying about. Sure I’ve got my research study and job applications and such, but nothing new has happened. And yet, something’s shifted–it just took a little reflection to figure out what that is. I’ve often heard, and you may have also, that the closer we get to accomplishing something the harder it gets. Whether more obstacles actually come up or our minds play tricks on us by throwing up imaginary roadblocks, it can feel like just when we’re on the edge of something great we feel farther away than ever.
And that’s okay! It’s perfectly alright to feel a little discouraged when it seems everything is working against you, so long as you keep your goals in sight and stay focused. Take an afternoon to enjoy the sunshine, surround yourself with friends who bless you with positive energy, and enjoy those blissful moments in the midst of what may seem like a terribly uncertain time. Balance is key, especially when your life feels turbulent. It’s always alright to take some time to rest and recharge, so long as resting doesn’t equal quitting. You’ll need some recovery time if you’re pursuing something you’ve never done before. After all, to reach a new destination you need to forge an as-of-yet untravelled path. Perhaps that’s why it’s so frightening, becoming ever closer to our own greatness: going off the trail so many others have taken can be nervewracking…even if we know something has been done before, the idea that we are doing it for the first time can always cause that little doubtful voice to pipe up and wonder “am I able?”
You get to decide what your answer to that voice would be, but I know that more often than not I’ll be saying yes, I am. And I’m going to turn my nervousness about taking new trails or reaching my goals one step at a time into good vibes. The energy will be there anyway, so why not direct it in a positive direction? And in your most doubtful moments, those times when you’re excited and scared and it feels like your entire universe has been completely altered, just remember where you’re headed. After all,
When have you pushed through that last difficult stretch in reaching your goals? Are you in a rough patch right now? Let me know!