Awkward

We’ve all been through an awkward stage in our life. I’ve always tried my best to avoid any awkward situations, dreading them more than just about anything. However, I’ve noticed a repeating pattern lately when it comes to awkward situations. Usually after they are through, I feel a certain type of satisfaction and growth come from it. An awkward situation is something that causes difficulty. Avoiding awkward situations, in a way, is just avoiding a hardship that you know that you can expand from. Rather than always avoiding these situations, try to pursue them. If you think that talking to random people is awkward, the only way to get over that mindset is to go and talk to random people.

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
— Brian Tracy

Of course it’s unnatural to actually want to be in awkward situations, but sometimes we should seek them out. Take a risk every once in a while and see how it can benefit you. Living life awkwardly will never allow you to expand your horizons. Avoiding situations because of how they may be will do nothing but hold you back from living a life full of adventure. Everyday, try to do something you are scared of doing. Live life sporadically to have a life full of excitement.


Embrace the awkward.

Live life.

Be happy.


- Jonah

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Experience

We’ve all felt dull at times. Our lives often fall into a routine that lacks excitement, leaving us apathetic towards life. Attending the same classes, dealing with the same people, or facing the same issues everyday can take a toll on us. The only way to combat a lackluster lifestyle is to experience, and to grow from these experiences. Trying something new forces you out of your comfort zone, but once you get over the initial anxiety a new experience brings, your curiosity of the unknown starts to kick in. The new brings in a sense of living and adventure, leaving you with a feeling of satisfaction. Everything you do can benefit you in some way, depending on your outlook on the situation. Make the decision to keep an open mind when experiencing new things, and seek out different ways to learn and expand from everything you do.

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
— Paulo Coelho

I wrote about this whole idea of trying new things in a past post of mine, Overcoming Fear. "It shapes your life in ways you never thought imaginable, and adds a flair that permits your mind to comprehend everything differently. Traveling to new parts of the world can alter your perspectives. Witnessing wonders of nature allows you to see the beauty of all around you. Talking to a variety of people permits you to bypass your previously limited psyche. Seeing and experiencing new places, people, and ideas will pry open your mind and connect the dots. It will allow you to understand ideas you never could have previously fathomed.” Choose to try something new today, and see how it affects you. Chances are, you’ll be better off. 

 

Try new things.

Live life.

Experience everything.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

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Overcoming Fear

Fear places unending limitations on our everyday life. Far too often, we allow our lives to sit sedentary simply because we have a fear of the unknown. We become comfortable with the routine our life possesses, and we fail to see how we could be expanding our lifestyle. It is important to live life at your own pace, but don’t let that pace fail to ever accelerate and experience the thrills that come with the change of tempo.  

Trying something new for the first time is always exhilarating. Henry Miller says in his book Black Spring:

“The dreamers dream from the neck up, their bodies securely strapped to the electric chair. To imagine a new world is to live it daily, each thought, each glance, each step, each gesture killing and recreating, death always a step in advance. To spit on the past is not enough. To proclaim the future is not enough. One must act as if the past were dead and the future unrealizable. One must act as if the next step were the last, which it is. Each step forward is the last, and with it a world dies, one’s self included. We are here of the earth never to end, the past never ceasing, the future never beginning, the present never ending. The never-never world which we hold in our hands and see and yet is not ourselves. We are that which is never concluded, never shaped to be recognized, all there is and yet not the whole, the parts so much greater than the whole that only God the mathematician can figure it out.”

 It shapes your life in ways you never thought imaginable, and adds a flair that permits your mind to comprehend everything differently. Traveling to new parts of the world can alter your perspectives. Witnessing wonders of nature allows you to see the beauty of all around you. Talking to a variety of people permits you to bypass your previously limited psyche. Seeing and experiencing new places, people, and ideas will pry open your mind and connect the dots. It will allow you to understand ideas you never could have previously fathomed.

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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
— T.S. Eliot

You aren't going to find what you truly love to do by sitting in your room on a Friday night, or sealing up precious time behind the anxious boundaries you habitually put up. Break free from those boundaries that you have set for yourself, and hop out of your comfort zone. Some of my best and favorite memories came from events or things that I felt anxious about. Our anxiety holds us back when something may seem foreign to us, and not necessarily because it is detrimental. Take a deep breath and create a moment of courage.

Do what you've been dying to do. It may open up the door to something that will completely, and positively, change your life. The unknown can hold the most beautiful ideas and adventures. It’s your purpose to go and find them.

 

Throw out your uncertainties.

Explore the unknown.

Experience something new everyday.

Find your meaning.

Be happy.


- Jonah

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