If you’re active on social media, I’m sure we’ve all seen or heard that one audio clip that starts “you’ve got to start romanticising your life…” (if you haven’t, where have you been?). Although repetitive, the clip never fails to inspire me mentally to go and do all the things I want to do – the question is though, what stops me physically?
For those who haven’t seen or heard it, it talks about how if we don’t live our lives ‘as the main character’ and romanticising the little things, life will just pass us by and we should take a moment to appreciate what’s around us. This message came to my head too when watching The Holiday for the first time the other day and saw the above quote (I know I’m late to the party).
Why am I writing about this? Well, 2020 made me realise how much I hadn’t done, how much I wanted to do, how I took things for granted and how I DID let life pass me by. Whilst coronavirus will still continue into the upcoming year, I’d like to think it won’t be on such a mass scale, and that things will start to resume to the way it was before. With that being said, I want to do more with my life, and not just sit around, not experiencing what the world around me has to offer, even if it’s as simple as meeting one of your friends at a new coffee shop.
Here go all the over 35’s saying “I still have my whole life to do things” but the reality is I wish I done more as I had the opportunities. Whilst I’m so incredibly grateful for the things I have seen (and I’ve seen some incredible things!) there are things I missed out on and still want to do whilst I don’t have that many responsibilities, and I think it’s acceptable to feel that way. Next year, here are some of the things I want to do to start experiencing life to the fullest:
Whilst a lot of people express the importance of saying ‘no’ (which I do see the importance of in certain situations), I think I have the opposite problem: I don’t say ‘yes’ enough! Saying ‘yes’ to the night out, saying ‘yes’ to a mid-afternoon coffee, saying ‘yes’ to that networking opportunity, saying ‘yes’ to the spontaneous day-trip: they all added up when I kept saying that I couldn’t be bothered or I was too tired. I want to grasp (most) opportunities with open arms next year.
Make the effort to find new places to explore and just go! Gather some friends or family and just do those things you’ve always wanted to do.
But don’t wait around for people
Don’t let “I don’t know” slow you down – there have been so many times when people said “yeah, we should do this” but never got round to it, so why not just do it yourself? Take yourself on that adventure, whether it’s a job opportunity or going to see that exhibit, and enjoy every last minute of it.
Appreciate what you have
Part of romanticising your life is appreciating what’s already in front of you. Appreciate the food you eat, the people in your life, the place you live, your surrounding areas. Pick out something positive about everything and remind yourself of it, then you’re on your way.
As some of you might know, I’ve always loved taking photos. I take photos everywhere and I always have done, even since I was little. I love looking back at these memories and thinking about the incredible things I have done to this point. Don’t be worried about what other people are thinking and just take a picture!
But don’t forget to live in the moment!
I remember going to a concert and filming most of it, and that’s when I forgot that not everything needs to be captured. Remember to put down your phone or camera at some point and really live in the experience. Enjoy what’s been put in front of you and love every little bit of it.
Whilst some of these points are contradictory, I believe they’re all things to work on for next year, and appreciating the life that we all live. I would love to know if anyone relates or has any thoughts on this. Thanks for reading! x