I was in one just over a month ago. So frustrating! Disrupting to absolutely everything! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr Not fun but, O, the things you learn!
As I watched the carnage that was about to unfold in front of me, the carnage I was about to be a part of, I remember thinking – Sh@t! This is gonna hurt! It’s amazing how fast your brain is able to process what’s happening right in front of you. In fact, I read somewhere that it’s like 100 billion neurons x 200 firings per second x 1,000 connections which comes to 20 million billion bits of information moving around your brain EVERY single second. Holy smokes!
So what does all this have to do with living life fully, or rather Living an Accident Kind of Life?! Three things really…
- Be aware, very aware, of what’s happening around you.
- Spend time increasing your knowledge base and improving your skills.
- Get behind the wheel of your life.
In your journey, you’ll see all sorts of things going on around you. It’s your job to assess what’s happening and act accordingly. Awareness is the key to making a difference, to making a change, taking action and living life fully. Without… you’re just going through the motions. Yet, the truth is that you will never be prepared for everything that happens. Which brings me to point number 2…
In an effort to be as prepared as possible, to correctly assess any situation and make the best decision in the moment – you’ve got to develop skills. How does that happen… by investing in yourself – reading, taking classes, having a mentor. You seek answers, you learn, you experience, you mess up, you fail, you succeed, you love, you hate…. you get the message I think. Maybe now is a good time for me to ask – what are your favorite ways of learning?
And, at the end of the day, you still have to get behind the wheel of your life to make anything happen – no matter how scary or exciting. Accept and embrace the journey that you are on. The more open and aware you are to what’s happening around you, the better choices you’ll be able to make. You can’t control what others are thinking or doing, both of which will ultimately effect your life but they don’t have to run your life (thank you Father Time and the beginning efforts of PTSD counseling for helping me through this part and this leg of my journey). There will be casualties in life – friendships and relationships that are only around for a reason or maybe a season, mistakes and failures that teach, life to experience. There will also be relationships that last a lifetime, lessons that enhance and more reasons to celebrate then we might imagine if we just open our eyes and realize the triumph in each leg of the journey. So when you see the chaos (both good and bad) unfolding in front of you and you aren’t sure what to do, just breath and keep putting one foot in front of the other. As Robert Frost says, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
Starting today – I challenge you to Live an Accident Kind of Life!
With love and blessings… Jenn