What I desire in life and how I define “success” has changed drastically over the past year. What I used to acknowledge as achievements have become completely irrelevant, and it's even hard to understand what made me think or feel that way in the first place...
I know that this change I'm experiencing is not something that is well understood by many. From a young age, society conditions us to believe that success and respect are earned from a high paid job. The majority of society pushes and molds us in one direction and definition of what success is, ignoring the pursuit of what truly makes each one of us happy and what it would look like to follow our individual truths.
My personal revelation began with my Yoga practice…surprise, surprise! Yoga is constantly teaching me to be myself and be comfortable with that, no matter what. Yoga teaches me to be more brave, to listen to myself, to acknowledge and respect myself. With those powerful seeds planted inside of me, it was only a matter of time...and step by step, I am learning to let go of former beliefs about what life is all about, how it should look, and what my role is in it.
This process of questioning everything I was used to do, believed in, or spent my time once doing is both, inspiring and scary at the same time! Fortunately though, once the seeds are planted and the ability to follow your heart kicks in, it is extremely difficult to ignore it.
We all have the same desire to find happiness in life, yet many of us are disconnected from how to attain and sustain our happiness...
Quotes such as ‘do more of what makes you happy’ are thrown around these days like confetti...and sure, they can inspire us while we read them, but it takes real bravery and courage to actually use the quote as inspiration to take action towards living as your most happy Self.
Personally, it has taken me time to reflect the planted idea that happiness and your job, for example, are two completely different things. Before, I was convinced that happiness would come after I had the good education, earned money in a well-respected job, possessed more of whatever I have now, and ideally could pride myself with a picture-perfect relationship. But then Yoga made its way into my life and I realized that happiness is a matter of choice and can be found anywhere and at any place.
Happiness is found within and is not dependent on anything else in our lives. Once I figured this out, it made me thirsty for more…
There are just certain things in life that we have to do. Yes, I will always have to file my tax statement, earn enough money to pay my rent, or study for that finance exam…but besides that, I realise there is ample time and there are endless opportunities at my fingertips that allow me to live creatively and fill my days with joy and pleasure. I believe that a 9-to-5 job can be something we are passionate about, and we have the right to enjoy every day...a Tuesday can be as much fun and free feeling as a Saturday! Why shouldn't it be?
We must ask ourselves honestly how can we access our freedom and passions everyday, not just once we've reached our end result. How can we bring more of what we love into our lives each day? It may mean shifting our perspective to see our current job as an inspirational business idea, spending quality time with friends, taking the time for our yoga/dance/fitness class each week or walking through the park on a sunny day. The key is to find what brings you joy and to follow it, in both big and little ways, each day.
So ask yourself, what is it that makes your heart jump a little higher?
Sabrina is on the journey to self-love, self-care and connection. Through Yoga and Meditation she learned how to truly connect with and channel the positivity within. Sabrina balances life between her many passions and desire to make a difference in her own life and those around her. Follow her here www.simplybeeyou.com