Smell the Roses : Enjoying the Simple Life

smellFrom childhood people have always asked us, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Time and time again we always have heard the question, and majority of the time we had an answer. From I want to be a doctor, lawyer, and an actress, to the President of the United States, whatever it may be, as children we knew what we wanted to be.   Then you hit your twenties and life goes BOOM! You’re completely confused because the plans for yourself have tremendously changed OR you woke up one day and decided you wanted to do something else. Either way, here we are in our twenties, faced with the new question, “what are you doing in your life?”

Stress and depression may soon start to kick in because we realize time waits for no one and ahead all we see is age thirty. BOOM! We need a career, a house, a family, etc. We need all the possessions society tells us we must have. We get so consumed in what we must have by a certain age we tend to forget all of the positive things that is going on around us. We forget to smell the roses.

After it was brought to my attention that I was not smelling the roses and praising the baby steps, I decided to STOP and MAKE A CHANGE. This was brought to my attention a few years ago and since then I have a new outlook and it is still a work in progress.

Here a few tips to slow down:

  1. Count the little steps: Any step forward is a great accomplishment and it should be treated as such
  2. Don’t bite more than you can chew: Try to limit your schedule so you are not overwhelmed and stressed out
  3. Take breaks: Schedule in Me Day and be one with yourself
  4. Appreciate your love ones: Take time to show those that are in your corner that you appreciate and value their existence in your life.
  5. Count Your Blessings: Get out of the habit of talking about all of the wrong or bad things, discuss the good things.
  6. Do not Compare: Don’t compare your beginnings to someone else’s middle.  You do not know everyone’s journey; do not use their life as a judgment tool for your own.
  7. Breathe: Whatever it is, it’s not that serious. Inhale and exhale, whatever it is, you will find a way to work it out.
  8. Have Faith:  Have Faith that what you want WILL happen if it is meant to be.

Slowing down can mean instead of rushing to work in a panic to wake up a few hours earlier and enjoy your morning breakfast. Slowing down can mean putting down your phone and emails and just enjoying a nice novel. Slowing down can mean praising yourself for the small accomplishments you made in your career that’s acting as the foundation to the bigger goal. Slowing down can mean enjoying your twenties and seeing the world.  Slowing down can simply mean living life in the present and causally planning for the future.

However you chose to “slow down” remember to smell the roses in all that you do.

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~Gandhi


Tileah Aisha

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