I’ll have an entry with a bit more substance, other than answering a meme prompt, sometime tomorrow (and after I’ve waded through the massive amounts of comment spam since my last update).. Anyway, being the slacker blogger that I am, I knew I would need all of the help that I could get to stay on track. If you’re like that and want to have a gentle push in the weekly direction: Divine Secrets of the Blah Blah Bloggerhood just might be for you.
Our prompt this week is “I wish I knew then…“
Hmm, if I could write a letter to my past self or to today’s youth (or maybe a text would be more appropriate? Or a tweet!) I’ll pretend that I’m tweeting this from my personal twitter (while completely ignoring the 14o character count because that drives me nuts). But, in short:
While those words might seem simple, they can apply to so much in life. In school; pay attention to what your teachers are saying and to what other students have to say. You never know who you’ll really be getting the bulk/heart of the lesson from when you pay attention to what’s going on around you and especially in an academic discussion. To loved ones; family and friends won’t be around forever (even if we want them to be) so as tempting as it might be to say, “I’ll call them later” or “I just need to watch this, hold on please” … you never know when your last moment will be with that person. Even if it’s just a few minutes or a few words, giving your time to someone else is priceless and precious. And who knows how many memorable moments you might create just by paying attention. To nature; taking a minute to soak up nature is soothing for my soul. There’s just something I can’t quite put into words but I feel at peace. Just paying attention to the smallest details (wind in the trees, birds, buzzing of insects so I know when to run) opens my senses and grounds me. I feel more aware of myself and my surroundings by just listening to what nature is trying to tell me. To yourself; your body is trying to tell you something every day if you’d bother to listen. I’m guilty of this.. I ignore those hunger pangs, dry mouth (that means I should be drinking more water), need for sleep (because of course I’m capable of staying up for 36 hours straight!) and I could go on. I also tend to ignore the more spiritual side of me or the side that wants to be challenged by something other than Facebook games. Whether it’s reading a religious book about Celtic Christianity and it’s roots to pre-Christian Europe or researching for an article that I might want to publish on my Hubs; those are things that I enjoy doing that I don’t do nearly enough of.
There are many moments that I won’t get back because I chose to do something else instead of paying attention to what someone or something, whatever the case may be, was trying to tell me. No longer will I do that. I’d rather make more moments and memories than more ‘would have, could have, should have’ opportunities.