"If you look at the world the same way at 50 that you did when you were 20, then you wasted 30 years." ~ Muhammad Ali. When I heard this quote a few years ago, I was very confused. I didn't understand how someone's perspective of the world could change so drastically in just a few years. What could happen that would change my way of thinking that much? Well, let me tell you, I am now 45 years old and this statement is more than true. At 20, I was insecure, uncertain, and completely lost. I did what I had to do to take care of myself and my family, but I was a mess mentally. I was still dealing with wounds from the past that had never healed and thought that if I kept myself busy enough, I could continue to bury everything I had gone through. What I ended up doing more than anything was piling more and more layers of pain onto a damaged foundation. I never felt good enough so I settled for just enough. I don't mean only in one way either. I settled for just enough in just about every way. I was working two jobs that I hated, I was incredibly lonely because I felt that if I didn't have someone and was not in a "relationship" that I was not whole. I allowed my pain to make me desperate and vulnerable, but that is a story for another day. It was not until I decided that I was tired of being tired that things began to change for me. I am definitely not saying it happened overnight, it took several years of falling short, falling on my face, and falling for manipulation by others before I learned who I really am. In fact, I am still learning who I really am and I don't plan to stop anytime soon. As we experience the different seasons of our life, our priorities, thoughts, and outlooks will change and that is the way it should be. When the seasons change, nature changes to adapt and signify that it is time to move onto the next chapter. The colors of the leaves change to signify that autumn is here. The leaves began to disappear as it is time for winter and so on and so forth. Likewise our thoughts change and our bodies change to celebrate the changing of the season. We should all take a lesson from nature. Learn to adapt to the different seasons of your life. Stop resisting change and learn to embrace it. Never stop flowing.
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