Todays Link is a video featuring some beautiful surfing footage. The reason I love this video so much is not necessarily the surfing and this may not appeal to you either, the reason I linked to it is because coming to the end of 2013 I feel the message this video is portraying is something very pertinent for me at the moment-'Living the good Life'.
In 2012 I decided to uproot and change the direction of my life, as I reflect on 2013 I am happy with many things I have done. I do know though that I am bound continuously by a perception of what I believe to be 'right' or 'accepted' or the 'norm'. If I was to write down a list of things that I would do if there were no limitations, no expectations, just a complete honest list of what I would like to do in the coming year/s, I know there are a few more things I would like to do just because I want to!
So for the coming year I am going to make that list and make it with the conviction that to enjoy life, to feel it wholly and fully, one must follow what they believe in. Ive often gone to make this list before and then the immediate thoughts that follow are...oh but what if this? and what if that? surely Im not allowed to do just what I want? immense amounts of guilt have often kept me from pursuing things. Ive had the feeling often that I should not be allowed to be so happy...that its not 'normal', life should be endured and sometimes we might get to enjoy stuff!
Now, Im changing my attitude to these habitual thoughts, if there is anything I wish to do, Im now looking at how to make it possible rather than thinking of the reasons why its not. There is no right or wrong, everyone is trying to figure it out and what Im learning is that if I keep limiting myself, I keep stopping myself in my tracks, the only one who really feels the effects is me.
Do you have a list? do you have things that you would like to do? What does living the good life mean to you?