“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
It can be daunting to feel that freedom, to relax into it and to own it. Many people feel it’s only for the young in age, but I believe it’s for the young at heart and available to us all. Sure, we need to keep in mind those who depend on us, but to know that we can choose is what we seem to forget.
And that’s when we get lost.
Somewhere around middle age, in between jobs, spouses, children and responsibilities, we seem to lose that spark we owned when we were younger and had more freedom. Lost in the shuffle of droning routine, we lose connections with ourselves and others. We trod on the path expected, head down, shuffling along and finding ourselves miserable.
It happens to the best of us. We sleepwalk through our lives until something pulls the rug right out from under us and we’re stopped in our tracks. It’s then that we pick our heads up to see where we are and we look around at our lives from all aspects. Sometimes we don’t know where we are, how we got here and realize that this is not what we wanted or what we expected.
And then we choose to change.
It’s good to re-evaluate where we are from time to time. To see if our relationships, our jobs, our health and our responsibilities are indeed what we choose to have in our lives. And if it’s not working, then we change direction in the kindest way possible. For as Dr. Seuss says, “And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
Take some quiet time this weekend for yourself. Look around at your life and inspect where you are. See if you are connecting with the people in your life and with yourself. If you aren’t, then do something about it! Hold a hand, give a hug, be thoughtful in how you treat yourself and others. It only takes a moment of clarity to change the way you are looking at your life. Don’t throw it all away. Life is short. Communicate. Connect. Choose kindness. It’s possible.