Years ago, I used to play a game with myself.
It was called ‘Things I did in my other life’.
Let me give you a little more information. At the time I was working evenings and weekends, whilst studying during the week to become a teaching assistant plus taking care of three small children. Hubby was working long hours to pay the bills. We were burning the candle at both ends just to survive, like so many families do…you get the idea.
Anyway, back to my game.
In my darkest, frustrating, unhappy moments I would imagine what my life could be like if things were different or I was a different person. When I saw something I couldn’t afford, or a place I could only dream of visiting or an experience I had zero chance of having I would simply say to myself ‘In my other life I’d have that’.
Ridiculous I know.
However, it was a way for me to enjoy something from afar without becoming too hung up on all the things I didn’t have.
I was visualising a better life without realising it.
It gave me hope and a belief to hold onto; that things wouldn’t always be this way and I needed that, because we were working so hard for things to be different.
What could our lives could be like if we imagined them to be beautiful and fulfilling, having gratitude for all we had?
What if we saw the lessons life wanted us to experience and learned that we are enough just as we are?
What if we were to let go of our expectations, stress and negative thoughts and spent our energy embracing the things that brought us enjoyment and excitement?
Not in another life, but right here, right now in this one.
Imagine a life where we could choose to:
Speak only words of kindness
Find something to get excited about every day
Say yes more often than no
Make friends with anyone, anywhere without fear
Wear a beautiful dress, just because
Treat our spouses like we did when we first fell in love
Like what we see in the mirror
Honour our values
Slow down when we need to
Spend time making ourselves happy
Notice the little things
Instead of replicating others’ lives, comparing ourselves or doing what we feel we should, how about we take a shot at listening to our own hearts, being authentic, or forging our own paths?
What would that look like?
Any thoughts? Let me know below…