It really is crazy how people have a way of subconsciously creating priority lists in their minds. For me, it seems to be: work, ride my horse, see friends/family, workout, read, catch up with online social life (Pinterest, Twitter, this blog, etc.). With a day beginning at 5a.m. fitting everything in can be tough because between some of those commas I need a breather and a lot of coffee.
However, I have to admit, the time away made me realize that I am looking to change my voice, tone, and some topics on this blog. I have begun to realize what is genuinely important to me and what I was forcing to make important. And to say the above a little differently, I realized what I already am and want to enhance and what I am, unnaturally, attempting to make myself.
I feel there is no better time than now to make this pivot. Today, a big change is going on in America. I have found myself writing down a lot of quotes that President Obama has said over the past couple weeks. His drive home points about “change only happens when ordinary people get involved” is what has been stuck in the back of my mind. It doesn’t have to be the person with an MBA from Harvard, the one who has had access to unlimited opportunities because of being born into a wealthy high status family, etc., while it of course can be those people, it can also be the person who wholeheartedly believes in something bigger than themselves and that being just one person is enough.
It has taken me some time to not only realize this, but more importantly, believe in the truth of President Obama’s above quote. For a long time, I had the mindset that if I can’t change the world and everything at one time then it will be a waste of time, that unless I “change the world” anything less won’t positively impact anything or create change. I, then, came to the realization that if I could positively affect and impact even just one life, then that would be enough. From the time that mindset set in, there has been no going back.
A quote that helped strengthen this mindset is one attributed to Elizabeth Anne Anderson Stanley and it reads, “Success: to laugh often and love much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children. To earn the appreciation of honest critics, endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition. To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.” To me, this quote summarizes the beauty of being mundane and the power of it.
So my goal is to embrace the ordinary girl I am and know that being ordinary is a super power because I can make it anything I choose.
( ironically enough, my Yogi tea quote today was, “if you are helping somebody, you are awakening somebody”)