Some days I ponder about writing and debate with myself should I pore more emotions and feelings into my blog or write more structured personal development posts. So today as I was debating about how I feel and what is going, what should I write and then I decided to pick a random book off my bookshelf. The first page I flicked and this quote is what I had highlighted in pink no less – ‘By pushing the envelope on life, taking risks, articulating your deepest desires, gathering support, and being fearless, you will not only become happier; you’ll die without regrets’ (Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide by Caroline Miller, MAPP and Dr Michael Frisch). So as I had a cup of tea and mulled over that quote I realised I don’t have many regrets in my life.
I don’t have a life plan as such but I do create lists of what I want to do or achieve in my life. Those lists have led me to jump out of planes, scuba dive, crawl inside the pyramids, and visited Stonehedge. I have not always been an angel and I have some dark spots in my life but ultimately I am happy. As 2011 draws to an end I am going home for the first time in almost 2 years and I know over the last year I have pushed the envelope, took risks, expressed my deepest desires (saying I love you can be hard), had the support of a vast fellowship of friends and only occasionally let my fear get the better of me.
Faith and spiritually have played a huge part in my life and this photo is one of my favourites from this years travels. The beauty of the mantras and stones combined (yes I am very obsessed with rocks) stopped me short after leaving Tsuglagkhang Buddhist Temple or the Dalai Lama’s Temple in McLeod Ganj.
You see to me pushing the envelope is not always about the high adrenaline adventures like climbing Mt Triglav in Slovenia but about taking on the world my way. Buddhist temples, Syrian monasteries, Friday Mosques or Catholic churches are generally all on my like to see lists when I travel.
Is you life about pushing the envelope on life? If not, why not? If you are happy you are either pushing the envelope or living in perfect harmony with YOUR life. Life is not about other peoples expectations or their life plans for you. Life is there for the taking so take it!