I think you get to a certain time in life, no specific age, I think you just know when it happens. You start to think differently, to reflect on different aspects of your life, to consider what makes you happy and what drives you crazy, you see time as much more precious and actively seek out ways to be more present, more in-tune and to live more simply and more contentedly. Cutting the unnecessary stresses, possessions, time wasters and things that simply don’t make you happy takes on a renewed and more prominent importance.
Personally for me this feeling was triggered as a result of my son being seriously ill (I don’t want to reflect too much on that period of time – it was horrendous and best left in the past) Before I’d managed to get over this time of upset and intense stress my dad died suddenly. This period of my life left me both physically and mentally worn out – depleted – exhausted. It triggered panic attacks and anxiety coupled with a coping mechanism of “get on, get busy, get it done”…
You see quite simply, the busier you are, the less you have to think about the issues you’re living with. Eventually, it wears you down and one day, you have to face things head on – deal with the feelings you don’t want too – come to terms with what happened, accept things for what they are, accept you can’t change the past and to move on.
The moving on part for me has been liberating – and although I’m only a few weeks in, it’s given me chance to start to heal, to feel better, to think clearly about the life I want to lead, the things that are important to me and the things which simply are not. And so now literally a year on I feel ready to make things right for me – I have clarity. I know that 2019 is going to be the year when I fully embrace my Contented Life Project – it’s very definitely going to be a journey, I’ve no destination in mind and I expect it’s course to change as I go along and I gain wisdom and a sense of what feels more important to me.
I know this – my life is going to be more simple, every aspect of it, I’ll be creating my version of minimalist and letting it trickle into everything I do. I’ll be putting proper effort into getting fitter, with an emphasis on nourishment not deprivation. I’ll be focussing on self care, wellness and feeling good.
Like I said it’s a journey and you’re more than welcome to come along for the ride.
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