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Be Shiny in a Sea of Fishes – Mermaids and Thoreau, Part 5

 “Be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of
who you should be.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Today was part five of the series to show the fifth step in the process as well as discuss the fifth part of the quote which deals with just living on autopilot. Life is busy. And I love that. If you are like me work, kids’ activities, homework, laundry, doctor appointments for Nana, and tons of everyday activities keeps me busy from morning to late at night.  I bet you could go on and on with your list too, right.

But the busyness of life can also be an obstacle to being yourself if it means you don’t have time to reflect, or you end up living on autopilot and don’t know what you want anymore.

We need time to rest and rejuvenate so we can check in with ourselves.

There are a few easy ways to stop once in a while:

  • Travel alone and don’t read or use your phone. If in the car, keep the radio off.
  • Take ten minutes at night to think about your actions and motivations.
  • Go for a hike or walk in the park or walk the dogs and instead of listening to music, listen to your thoughts.

All of this might be hard and uncomfortable if you don’t already do these things regularly. You might be tempted to reject yourself and you may need to use your courage to get yourself out there at first. But in the end it is so worth it.

Truly living means adhering to one simple truth: being willing to develop into the person you were mean to be.  At the end of your life you’re not going to remember all the stuff you accumulated; you’ll remember all of your incredible experiences. There’s nothing wrong with having nice things as long as they don’t replace your desire to truly live. Chase all the dreams and desires in your heart. You may go on crazy adventures, but you don’t have to. You have to live YOUR adventure.

We live in an incredible time when some many more doors are opened to us. Don’t put his off any longer. Start truly living today.

You cannot be everything. You don’t have to be everything.

You simply have to be you. And that is enough.


Materials for the craft

two types of fine glitter
Oracal 651 Vinyl for the stencil
Double Wall Stainless Steel Tumbler
Weeding Tool
Exacto Knife
Alumilite Amazing Clear Casting Resin, 16-Ounce