For those who don’t take time to nurture their true essence, it is easy to placate their discontent and hide whatever they are yearning for with unhealthy distractions (sex/drugs/alcohol). And no matter what the source of this disconnect comes from- being stuck in a dead-end job to being in an unsatisfying relationship- the outcome is all the same.
The vivid memory of giving candy to shoeless kids roaming streets filled with garbage. Just one piece so that there was enough for everybody. And them tugging me and asking for pencils and my heart breaking that I couldn't do more to help.
Gratitude occurs when we begin to realize what we have been gifted with. Compassion occurs when we allow ourselves to connect to others wholly without judgment.
Life is a blur. Let’s face it, we live in an ever increasingly hedonistic age, an era dominated by selfies, image-crafting via social media, Buzzfeeds top 15 lists for how to live your life, hurried moments at a music festival captured in a saturated filter, fast food culture mixed with road rage. Information overload flooding us with infinite options/alternatives/substitutions for everything from frozen yogurt toppings to online dating matches.
Right now, I'm trying to redefine "success" by exploring my own core values which are given by my upbringing, my education, my peers around me, and my own life experiences. These life experiences are constantly growing. Within my soul, I feel empowered to be more and more myself.