There is something to be said for being alone and feeling completely content. Close your eyes, picture your favourite moment… who is there? What are you doing? Now ask yourself this: who and what is it that truly makes you happy?
I’m currently listening to Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful”, blogging, journaling, reminiscing on the past and genuinely looking forward to the future. It’s been two hours of the same song, me writing madly, so madly my hand hurts. I’m sitting in front of a palm tree at 2am in Orlando planning more social media activities for OpenText, feeling truly appreciative for the opportunities I’ve had lately.
Hot summer nights, mid July
When you and I were forever wild
The crazy days, city lights
The way you’d play with me like a child
Over the past few months I’ve been developing and implementing a social strategy for Body Mechanics in London, Ontario, as part of the freelance work I do. From this project I have learned so much about myself professionally – and personally. I’ve learned that developing a communication strategy can’t happen overnight and it requires true dedication to your craft. I’ve also realized that for me, loving the work I am doing is just as important as who I am doing the work for!
Fall 2013 was a huge realization point for me professionally. I have always worked in a position where writing and social media has applied, however it has only been in the last few months that I have started to recognize the fire that lights within me when I am doing this type of work. I love connecting with real people, engaging in out-of-the-box, meaningful and sometimes crazy converations. Some people have refreshing perspectives on things, and I find social media to be a great outlet for starting those conversations.
What I learned from 2013 is that in every situation we truly do have the option to look at the glass half full or half empty. Moving forward into 2014 I am making it my mission to see the opportunity in everything I do. We only have one life to live… we can either look at how many things we have to do in a day, or we can look at how many opportunities we have to take on new projects, try new things, and meet new people!
Finally, I would like to offer some food for thought: Are you truly living in the now?
In 2014, I want to embrace opportunities as they come and truly look for the best in everyone, in everything, and everywhere. May sounds cheesy to some, but to me they are opportunities waiting to be found. So as I sit here alone, reflecting on how content I am doing nothing, by myself… it suddenly clicked for me. When I am alone, my mind wanders to people, places, and life events… and suddenly the opportunities in life become clear to me. When I close my eyes and picture what truly makes me happy I see smiling faces, happy memories, letting my passion drive me to work harder than ever before, and an open road of endless possibilities. I guess you could say the unknown opportunities of the future fuel my appetite for life.