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Archive for November 2010

My how the time flies.

It is bittersweet to be considered an adult. Responsibilities now dictate how to live and boredom is no longer an option. As opposed to the days of adolescence when you were unwillingly dragged along wherever and you were forced to develop more ways to play with dirt (okay, so maybe the dirt part is only applicable to my childhood).

Unfortunately, during adulthood, you get so consumed in the motions of living you sometimes forget to live.

I know, what a hippie thing of me to say, but honestly, are you living the life you want? Are you doing what makes you happy? My life may not entirely be what I want at the moment, but I sure as hell am trying my best to fix that. You can wish for your dreams or you can work for them. Wishing is easier, but nothing ever comes without a little work.

I have been taking advantage of the simple things that give me pleasure and at the same time saving money to either further my education or my worldly travels- OR even better finding a way to achieve both simultaneously!

Reverting to life on the budget of a poor college student did not sound fun at first. In fact it still does not sound “fun.” I feel silly skipping shows that cost $10 or forgoing an outing to a restaurant. Naturally, I set aside some money before everything so I can partake in those events that happen rarely. This has definitely forced me to choose my outings wisely. Rather than going to every event I can just because I appreciate the ones I do go to.

Meals have become more rewarding too. One of my favorite and most rewarding  rituals is making a nice dinner. I don’t care if I am cooking for one and fill the sink with pots & pans. I cooked exactly what I wanted for cheap and I get to enjoy it in the comfort of my home (and with my cats).

I’ve been trying to go on more runs and walks, but rather than just focusing on my physical activity I also take in the sunset, smell flowers or stop to take a closer look at art along the way. It feels silly doing it and, in fact, I feel silly writing about this, but it has definitely helped me appreciate the little things.

Sure, I miss being able to go out whenever, dinner dates with friends or splurging on new seasonal clothes, but I am doing just fine without that. Plus, I don’t need to spend money to spend time with those I care about.

Sometimes I wish I could freeze time. Just for awhile. I guess that’s what makes it so precious- the fact you can’t control it and you never know when your time will run out.

Do something silly today. Do something you have never done, but have always wanted to do. Fuck it if you look stupid. Fuck it if it isn’t “normal.” I’m tired of behaving the way that society expects me to and I’m sure as hell you are too.

Live a little. Live a lot. Do what you love. Make your life into your own. It takes some time, but that generally means it will pay off in the end.

Whatever you do- just make the most of your time.


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