I like to think that I just scaled a mountain and I'm catching my breath right now.
And although stopping and actually smelling the roses can seem counter-intuitive to the rat race lifestyle, I believe it's one of the most important endeavors we as humans can take the time to pursue. This is where a true discovery takes place; of the self and our oneness as a whole.
By taking some time to slow down my life and actually focus on my well-being, it creates space for clarity to see and reflect. I've found that by creating this space to do not too much of anything, old memories and specific dreams started to come into my path. And, oddly enough, old photographs and social media profile posts came with it.
Seeing these past forms of myself and my lifestyle helped me to see where I am today and to reassess where I am and where I intend to go. This is not something I could possibly achieve if I was still "go, go, go," as many of us tend to to...
Upon one of my nostalgic meditations, I recalled an enlightening moment I had some years ago when I first moved to my current city (which at the time was a huge deal to me). I saw a quote or photo and was inspired by the reflection of the moon in a lake at night... If the water is full of movements and currents, the moon could not possibly see itself clearly in that reflection.
It could perceive it's form and maybe get a sense of itself, but not as much as it could if the lake was still, thus providing clarity.
Taking time to breathe and heal and relax has given me the very special opportunity to ask some very important questions about myself and my own life; and I will be healthier for it. In this analogy, the lake is my life, my environment, my relationships, and the moon is myself. Finding more stillness and seeing myself more clearly allowed for me to recalibrate myself and therefore my perception of the world around me.
Some of this time was spent traveling, which was great for objectivity. Some of it was spent in nature, and some at home. I also spent time going out and having fun - but it was in new social circles. I had the opportunity to visit old friends and childhood friends. It was actually something quite special and I am grateful for it.
So with that being said, I encourage you to scale your mountain, to pursue your dreams, and to live a life true to yourself; but remember to recalibrate. Remember to stop and catch your breath. Remember to remember! Your younger self may actually surprise you...