I am sure most people can relate to the feeling of being on "auto pilot" throughout most of their week. Our body and mind get so used to our daily routines, that we become programmed to just "go through the motions"... living our lives following a set structure.
Some people really enjoy, and quite honestly NEED structure in their lives. I used to thoroughly enjoy having a set plan for everything I did... yes, literally everything. What time is this happening? Where are we going? How long will we be there? Etc. Etc. Etc.
I am not going to bore anyone with my daily "program", but I will say that from Monday-Friday, every week, I could pretty much anticipate what my entire day will look like from 5:30am-6pm. That gets really BORING after awhile.
Lately, I have really been working on being more present throughout my day. I have been trying to let go of expectations, and be more open to just "going with the flow" instead of being so focused on what SHOULD be happening or what I SHOULD be doing.
As I have been practicing being more open-minded, I have really started to noticed that although having set plans is great at times, it does not leave a lot of room for spontaneity and new opportunities. I also have come to realize that life it too short to wait for the "right time" to experience an adventure.
Yesterday was Monday...
Yesterday Joe and I went skydiving.
We recently celebrated our two year anniversary together. As a surprise, Joe decided to fulfill one of the items on my bucket list!
I mean… nothing says "I love you" like jumping out of an airplane, right?!
Needless to say, it was the most amazing experience I have ever had in my life.
It is really hard to put into words, the feeling of true liberation I felt as I jumped from 14,000 feet in the air. For the first time in my life, I had this overwhelming feeling of what it means to TRULY be alive and living in the present moment. Free falling, going God know how fast, screaming at the top of my lungs as I ripped through the sky…It was just unbelievable.
(Saying it was unbelievable is actually the biggest understatement imaginable).
Since I am drawing a blank on what to say… I will just let the pictures below to tell the story:
Needless to say, everyone MUST have that experience at least once in your life... Being able to share that experience with Joe is a memory that I will treasure forever.
So my challenge for anyone reading this is to LET GO of structure, planning and rigidity in your life every once in awhile. Be mindful... Be present... and Go experience an adventure of a lifetime!