But let me tell you about “Ryan.” He is an intelligent man. He had all the ingredients to be a success in life. Smart. Good-looking. Great personality. However, somewhere during his early 20s, he got lost. He never finished college, got married/had children very young, and ended up “settling” for a factory job. He considers himself a “failure.” He had big dreams for his life, but they never happened. Not only did he not accomplish his dreams, he struggles every day with depression because of it all. I can’t tell you how many times the word FAILURE comes out of his mouth when he describes himself.
Does this story sound familiar? I know a lot of people whose dreams didn’t come true. Or maybe not even their dreams, maybe just their general life goals. I can’t tell you how often I hear these kind of statements:
“I still don’t know what I want to do with my life.”
“I have no passion for life.”
“I’m just going through the motions.”
I could go on, but then this blog entry would turn into a book!
But you get my point.
What I want to talk to you about is ALIVENESS. So, what is aliveness? It’s the blood-pumping, joy, exhilaration, and real enjoyment that makes life worth living!! Does Ryan’s story or the above statements indicate that these people have any aliveness? Of course not! And sometimes they don’t even recognize it. The people like Ryan are sometimes so used to “going through the motions” that they don’t even know that it can be better. I know I’m making it sound too easy. But I have seen people do it. For example, I have a friend, Jenna, who went from depression to happiness simply by waking up one day and DECIDING TO BE HAPPY. She found - or resurrected - her passions. She simply DECIDED to LIVE. Not simply to EXIST.
There are things you can do to bring some aliveness to your life, even if you are like Ryan and feel lost with no hope. It all starts with a DECISION to change. So if you want to feel like this little girl does, contact me for more guidance on how to make that happen. :)
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