“To remember non-attachment is to remember what freedom is all about. If we get attached, even to a beautiful state of being, we are caught, and ultimately we will suffer. We work to observe anything that comes our way, experience it while it is here, and be able to let go of it.”
– Sharon Salzberg
Do not become attached to your current chapter in life, for it is a never ending story full of twists and turns in plot and character.
Could you imagine what your life would be like if you had held on to your aspirations when you were 10 years old and only accepted them as your potential destination? 😂 I have a feeling we would have way too many paleontologists and astronauts if that were the case! 🐉🚀 Chances are, you grew out of your initial desires for learning every fossil and every galaxy before you even had to “choose” a course for the direction of your life. If we were able to keep our minds open to new opportunities when we were young, why do we end up feeling stuck in our current aspirations when we’re “grown up”?
Many people have heard my life story and told me how brave I am and how inspiring it is that I have transformed so much in such little amount of time. But, to be fair, I’m just simply living my life and staying open to the plot twists while only imagining where the story will lead. Many days, I feel like a child telling everyone big stories about all the things I’ll do and places I’ll see and people I’ll meet because, deep down, I have accepted that this could change at any moment and a new chapter could begin with a brand new set of imaginary aspirations.
So why do I keep telling these crazy stories of “the future” and “where I’m going”? Well, because everyone loves a good story and the only way we can get anywhere is to aim where we think we want to be, but allow for edits along the way. The less attached I am to the “end” the less I feel like my life changes are cliff hangers.
This past month has been a great example to my point as I’ve had so many scene changes that I can barely keep up with my own story! As my travels have picked up significantly and my dreams of “traveling the world full time” have become more and more real, a feeling of change is starting to arise and I’m noticing that the go-go-go mentality is beginning to diminish and a new rooted desire is beginning to blossom. Do I believe I’ll still travel the world? Absolutely. Do I have a gut feeling it may not be the way I envisioned it happening? You bet! Am I ok with this? Hell yes! 😎 I’ve accepted that my adrenaline can only rush so long and that eventually I’d settle down. I may have reached my peak and may have some grounding to do. 💝 Time will tell.
So what about your story? Where did your story begin and where is it now? Are you open to a new chapter of your life?
- Top: prAna