We’ve Only Got One Life to Live

“Life is amazing. And then its awful. And then its amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breath in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” L.R.Knost

The other day while I frequented the city gym, at my regular early morning hours, I exchanged pleasantries with another lady similar to my age. We’ve crossed paths only a couple of times. This particular morning, we said hello, and she asked me how I was. In return, I said “If I am truly honest with you, I’m feeling pretty emotional this morning.”

I caught her off guard, as a normal reply by most everyone would be “Good”. But I’ve learned over the years, that it’s ok to say how you really feel. Some people will stop and take the time to inquire more as to what may be bothering you. Others will just continue on with what they are doing. Not because they don’t care, but because they are not quite sure what to reply back.

We stood and chatted awhile, as she then shared about a time in her life where she too experienced something similar. What I realized from sharing my reality of my emotions with a stranger, it opened up a pathway for a new relationship to bloom. A connection was made.

When we embrace the present moment, whatever we are doing, wherever we are, there can be so much growth and development within us, which in turn brings us to another level in our lives. Who wouldn’t want that?

And then there is fear? Is fear holding you back from living your best life? I know for me, I still struggle with fearing, if I do this, then that will happen. But then, if I never do the thing………….nothing will ever happen or change! I’m learning to visualize success and overcoming my fears and achieving my goals. And you can too.

This past February, I signed up for a Content Photography Day out at a Ranch near Rimbey, Alberta. A day comprised of other photographers, coming together to practice their skills, taking shots of livestock on the ranch. I didn’t know a soul going. I was a little apprehensive about attending, and I also don’t have a whole bunch of confidence in my photography skills. I’m still learning.

But you know what? I just kept telling myself, “I can do this.” “I can do this.” And I did. I met some lovely ladies who have a passion for photography, were very helpful when questions were asked, and best of all I came away with a few more friends in my circle of life.

Remember, overcoming fear is a process that takes time and patience. Be kind to yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. You’ve only got one life to live.

From Home on the Ranch