When was the last time you paid attention to yourself for more than a few minutes while you get dressed for work? When was the last time you actually took time to step outside your comfort zone and do something different? There comes a time and place in a person’s life when you just have to throw your hands up in the air and throw some caution to the wind and do something outrageous and totally “Outside the Box”!
To experience something new, can be one of the most “freeing” moments in a person’s life. Since arriving in my 40’s, I have tried to create, make,or do something that is totally outside my comfort zone. I opened my mind to possibilities that I never would have known could make a person happy. I started to look at life differently.
Why, some people have asked me. Well the number one reason I have opened my mind and things have became more clear, is coming to terms with my mother passing away, some 20+ years ago, at the young age of 43. And as I got closer to my 40’s, I started learning of people, either directly or indirectly, dying at a young age either because of a disease, stress ( and they were physically fit) or whatever may be the case, that their life was cut short.
Only God can answer the reason why it was their turn to go. Whether a person has accomplished so much in their lives, or they are just beginning their journey after taking care of their kids… a person has the God given right to be happy, live a little, and experience new things. If one becomes stagnant in life, and the same mundane things happen day in and day out, and you don’t do anything to grow spiritually and mentally, LIFE is going to pass you by and not even notice that you didn’t take advantage of the time on this God given earth, to enjoy the time we were given to be here.
Whether your thing is to go to the beach often, ski in the mountains, go to the flea market to shop for trinkets, get a henna tattoo that symbolizes strength, or better yet…do something totally outrageous, like jump out of a plane or compete in your first Triathlon! Make sure to create your bucket list and start marking the things off that you have always wanted to do, because life isn’t going to happen…you got to make it happen!
LIFE IS TOO SHORT, NOT TO BE HAPPY….and to “Step Outside the Box” occasionally to live a little bit. It really does make life a bit more interesting!
Written by: Christina Blandi- James
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