I've been wanting to update my blog with another post for a few days now, but I wasn't too sure on what I wanted my next post to be. But this afternoon I made my decision, so here goes. This is a slightly more heartfelt post, but I hope you are able to take something from it.
Now that I'm over half way through my time here in America, I am really starting to feel very different. I feel more confident, independent and a lot happier within myself.
The past few years of my life have been so, so difficult, upsetting and draining; not only for myself, but also for my family and friends.
I have learnt, over time, from the days I felt at my absolute lowest, to now, that for me, in order to get to a better place, for my mind and body there needs to be very minimal pressures around me.
Of course a little pressure isn't a bad thing and can be motivational and help keep one determined and in the right mind set for whatever challenges in life they may face.
I suppose the way I look at it, is that people have their own thresholds with many things, such as with their emotions. For example anger, stress and so on - some people get angry or stressed very quickly to circumstances, others not so much. So in the case of pressure, I have a very low threshold.
A reason I feel my mind has cleared an awful lot over the last few months is that out here I've luckily had very little pressure. I've been able to take moments in my day to just simply be, without having worries, or places to be at a certain time etc. This has been a very precious gift, and I am so grateful to be having this opportunity.
With all that life entails, the hustle and bustle of ones daily routine...there's School, then College or University (many also juggle a part-time job with these), and before you know it you're going straight into the life of Work. There's not much time in between for people to stop, pause, and just be.
I know this for people can be very difficult to achieve just because of the way the world works; but I really want to speak out, to all you reading...whoever you are, a family member, a friend, or someone that has just come across this blog post.
If you ever find a moment you're able to pause and simple be, without thinking of the worries or the next day or the busy weekend ahead. Take that moment. Make the most of it; such moments of peace and calm are so precious.
Being calm in life is something thats more challenging than it may seem to be at first. But once you're in your zone, once you have found your inner calm it can be a fantastic tool to use in so many situations of daily life.
Being on this journey, I have made 'finding my inner calm' something I've really wanted to focus on - when I feel calm I feel stronger, more determined, more motivated and in turn I feel less anxious, worried or panicky.
If you find just simply 5 minutes to spare after reading this, take those minutes, close your eyes and enjoy simple being. If you find doing so in complete silence you could listen to music, or a meditation CD, App or similar.
Life is a truly wonderful thing and to find inner calm is magical,
I love you all, thank you so much for taking the time to read this.