The Most Important Thing About Life You Need To Know About Right Now
Yea, I know I’m only in my twenties BUT I’m honestly pretty upset that it took me this long to realize it.
I mean I hear it in every podcast and book I read yet it never really clicked.
For all of you type A personalities, I’m sure you will especially benefit from reading this post.
So here’s what to expect:
A specific time in my life
What I did
What I now realize I should have done
If you just want to know what the most important “thing” I’m talking about is then just skip to the end of this post…
I totally get it, your time is super important so sometimes you’ve just got to skip ahead.
So here’s what happened or actually more like what didn’t happen:
Most people take college as a time to move away from home and “find” themselves. Well, all I was trying to find was more time so that I could fit more studying and working.
All I needed to do was get an A on that exam.
All I had to do was ace that group project.
All I had to do was graduate college then I could relax and enjoy life.
I didn’t realize that the whole point of being in college was being in college not obsessing over graduating.
Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not like I lived in a cave and saw no one but when I did I usually just felt bad because I felt like I should be studying or doing something school related.
I was literally going to school, work, and back home.
Did I have friends in college? If you count the friend from high school that happened to go to the same college then yes.
It’s not until I allowed myself to study abroad that I realized what a college experience actually was.
Oh, wait there’s more to college than studying?
When I got back from my semester abroad I joined two on-campus organizations and the semester after I became part of the board that ran the clubs!
I can’t tell you how much I learned from actually enjoying the journey rather than just thinking about graduating with straight A’s.
Who knew that I could actually stop and enjoy life while still reaching my goals?
I wasn’t miserable though, I actually really enjoyed working hard and studying BUT there’s more to life than that.
Starting My Business
After I quit my job and started my business I went into a “ I have to work every waking moment mode”, which was necessary but also not the right way to go about it either.
I got to the point where I would forget to eat or just try to ignore my hunger so that I wouldn’t “waste time” eating.
Yea, I know, I don’t know what I was thinking.
I’m all about the hustle and am a huge Gary Vaynerchuk fan but I realized that:
There’s a difference between slacking off and living life.
Slacking off = Your lazy and have no motivation to do what needs to be done
Living life = Taking some time away from what you are passionate about to enjoy other aspects of your life… giving yourself permission to “be”.
It’s hard to stop being in hustle mode when you are working on something for yourself and you love.
I felt like I was genuinely enjoying the process so I couldn’t waste time on hanging out with my friends and family.
Now that I’m 6,024 miles away from home I wish I would have taken more days off to spend time with friends and family.
So now, if I’m not working on my latest blog then I’m working on my FB groupor client work but what about actually seeing the city?
Don’t worry, I’ve actually gotten way better at this and have learned to allow myself to live life.
I even went to a salsa class the other day! 💃🏻
So, the most important thing about life that I wished I would have realized sooner is that:
It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.
You’ve heard it before, right? Have you actually internalized it though?
I challenge you to take a look at your life and see if you really are enjoying the journey? Are you working on something that you are passionate about but also taking time to just “be”?