Not In Love With Your Life? Stop Playing It Safe

 

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“I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure”

At twenty-four, I’m clearly still learning a whole lot about life. The ups, the downs, what really matters, and what doesn’t-the list goes on.

What has been made crystal clear for me sounds simple, but seems to be one of the most difficult decisions: doing what we love.

See? Doesn’t it sound like a piece of cake, and yet there are so many of us out there going day in and day out with a job, relationship, etc. that is not in line with what we truly crave out of this world.

Most of the time it is the fear of failure, the fear of doing something different, the fear that we won’t make enough money, the opinions of others-again the list is endless.

But what is the point in truly living the most passionate, exciting, challenging life possible if you’re truly not in love with what you’re doing. This can really go for anything in our lives.

You may be thinking about your career, but this can also be applied to your relationships with people in your life, your fitness goals, where you’re living. If you don’t wake up every single morning excited about the day before you (okay, I know not every morning is going to be rainbows and unicorns but still), then isn’t it time for a change?

Be brave, step out of your comfort zone.

Our comfort zone is just that, comfortable. A cozy blanket that we don’t want to be taken away from us on a really cold night. But sometimes, you really just need to rip that band aid off and step your game up.

Safe is comforting, and great. But, what if you could do something that truly opened your mind, body, and soul up to amazing opportunities? Wouldn’t that be worth ditching the warm blanket for?

Settle for nothing.

If you are miserable going to work every single day, change it. Maybe you can’t quit right now, but start thinking outside of the box.

What can you do to make each morning a little more bearable? Can you cut out an hour of your day to start applying to new jobs (yes, you can!).

Do not waste your talent, or your passion for this crazy life for a mediocre life that doesn’t excite you.

Being a risk taker doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.

Nope, you’re not a crazy rebel because you decided to put yourself out there and try something different. It just means that you’re willing to try something new, and really open your heart and mind up to new experiences. And that my friends, is a beautiful thing.

Yes, maybe those experiences will suck. Maybe you’ll wonder why you decided to try that after all. OR: Maybe, you’ll grow as a person because of those experiences. Maybe, you’ll help someone else because of the amazing risks you took.

Not everything is going to go as planned. This past year I took a leap of faith and stopped teaching to pursue my dream of writing, and moved myself to NYC. Has it been difficult at times? Absolutely. But do I regret taking the risk? Not one bit. Playing it safe didn’t make me happy, but breaking out of my comfort zone (as scary as it was, and still is sometimes)-that made me happy.

So, try being a risk taker. It doesn’t have to be as drastic as quitting your job and moving. It could be as simple as doing something about that hole in your life that leaves you feeling unfulfilled. What could fill that hole to make you a better, happier, more passionate person?

Figure it out, stop settling, and be that risk taker.

Being in love is a wonderful, crazy, magical experience-so choose to be in love with your life.

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