It is never too late to press the reset button on your life
By Curtis Aiken.
It is never too late to press the reset button on your life – just press reset and start again. Have you ever wanted to wipe your slate clean and start again? Did you ever look at a child or a baby or a teenager just out of school and think “you are so lucky – you have the rest of your life ahead of you. If only you knew what I know about life.”
So, what is stopping you from being young again, aside from fear? I get it, you know. You have a mortgage or a job or a car loan or a kid. In fact, you have 1,000 excuses why you can’t press the reset button on your life. To you, your excuses aren’t excuses though; they are reasons. What if your friend had the same exact life as you and you reviewed the same restrictions without emotion because they are no longer your restrictions? Would it matter then how old your friend is, how much money your friend earns and how many emails need to be responded to?
Wayne Dyer tells a great story in the following video (watch from about 4:20 to hear what I am talking about). The phrase “You have to die while you’re still alive” really resonated with me. After several weeks of pondering it, I came to realise that many of us struggle to transition from the life we’ve created in our less mature years to the life we know we should be living in our more enlightened years.
I believe part of the problem is that we get to a point where we know our lifestyle has become unsuitable for us, but it is hard to transition from drinking alcohol to sobriety when we hang out with friends who drink. It is hard to transition from being a couch potato to a meditator when we are halfway through season 3 of our favourite TV series. It is hard to transition from eating crap to eating healthy when the pantry is full of junk food. Sometimes we really do need to cut our ties with what we knew and start with a clean slate, we need to press the reset button.
How long have you been dabbling with an interest of yours that you feel you can’t 100% focus on, because of lifestyle patterns from your youth? You know what you want, maybe it is time to leap before you look. That sounds a little backwards. Shouldn’t we look before we leap? Isn’t that what everyone does, though? Don’t we always consider all the possible outcomes before moving in the direction of our dreams. Of our dreams! It is always our head that gets in our way, the ‘what if’s’, the ‘looking’ before we leap. Our intuition nearly always comes second in the decision making process.
Maybe it is time to cut the ties with the life you are all too familiar with and leap… and fly. “But I’m too old to start from scratch,” you might say. Let me tell you this: You are too old to NOT realise your dreams. How many days on this earth do you think you can spend in situations you don’t really want to be in, before it is too late? You can’t actually start from scratch anyway. Even if you do physically, you can’t start from scratch with your knowledge. By pressing the reset button on your life you can be like a teenager just out of school again with all your dreams and the rest of your life ahead of you, but with life experience rather than a certificate for math.
“If you knew who walks beside you on this path that you have chosen, fear would be impossible.” ~ A Course in Miracles
I have presonally done this several times. At 16 years old I left home and moved to a city 5 hours away. At 19 I left New Zealand and moved to Mebourne. 5 years later I moved to Perth and now I am feeling the urge to spread my wings again. Things are a little different this time around. I have a car loan, a mortgage, a wife and 2 dogs. I am no longer a single guy with no ties to where I am living. Sure, things aren’t as simple this time but by no means impossible. Change is in the air and my wife and dogs are by my side. What this change will look like I don’t fully know but I do know that when WE leap, we will fly.
Do you feel trapped by all the daily errands and duties in your life? Are you really working to achieve something you truly want, or just something that you think you want because everyone else is working for the same objectives?
When you sit down and think about it, are you really trapped or can you reset your life and start it again with little more than some cash in the bank and the clothes on your back? Is all the ‘stuff’ you are accumulating giving you the happiness you expected? What would you rather be doing with your life?
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