There comes a time when you have to take a deep breath and move forward. It’s not easy, a lot of times it’s uncomfortable, fairly scary and the urge to stay within what’s familiar is SO STRONG. Recently I’ve had to let go of quite a bit. Mostly emotional stuff (thankfully) and as much as I didn’t want to, I’m glad I did. I’ve had to let go of a few people from my past, the picture I had in my mind of where I wanted to be by this age, my fear of the unknown, my self doubt and my idea that I had to do this all on my own. What I’ve learned is that when we finally loosen our grip on things that are no longer serving us, we allow so many more great opportunities to pour in.
But, the hardest part is recognizing that it’s time to let go. We often get stuck in the “oh if I just hold on a little longer, it’ll all work out how I want it to”, and more often than not, this just isn’t the case. Sometimes the things we cling to are the things that are slowing us down and stunting our progression. They’re familiar. They’re comfortable. And they’re all that we’ve known. Sometimes we don’t realize that we need to break loose and be open to the unknown chances laid out ahead of us. Getting comfortable can be the biggest downfall when it comes to personal growth and living out our full potential. You don’t want to “settle” and you sure as shit don’t want to be stuck living out a life you thought was supposed to be amazing when in reality it’s mundane and predictable.
In the midst of this I’ve also noticed that sometimes taking a risk and taking a break from future planning can do wonders for a person. If an opportunity comes up that seems incredible and fun, then just do it. Don’t think ahead, don’t stress about the future implications and just see it for how it is. If it makes you feel like a million bucks, then who cares. Let go of that need to control every situation and dragging it out longer than it needs to be. Embrace the moment, be present and then let it unfold at it’s own pace. Don’t put a ton of energy and time into something that wasn’t supposed to last a lifetime. Have some faith that if things are supposed to progress, then they will. This will minimize soooo much stress and unnecessary worry and will allow you to look at the bigger picture more easily. You shouldn’t have to force anything and you definitely shouldn’t put more effort into something than what you’re getting back. If it’s unbalanced and unequal, that usually is a good indication to take a step back and see how things play out. More often than not, once you retreat you’ll have better clarity of the situation and this will also determine whether it’s something that is meant to stick around or not.
All in all, you have total control of how you want to feel and what you want your life to look like. Do you want to be waiting on something/someone from your past and be missing out on all the great moments currently happening in your life? No. Do you want to be stuck settling for something/someone because you’re too scared of what the future holds? HELL NO. Trust yourself and know that sometimes the best thing you can do is put down your baggage, leave it in one spot and walk away from it. Go after what you want, you deserve it.