As I had mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had one of the best weekends in quite a bit of time. From the Kip Moore concert on Friday night to a trail run on Saturday, I was left with an overwhelming amount of inspiration.
It all started during the concert on Friday night. There was one point in the show where Kip got extremely emotional during his performance of Heart’s Desire, to the point where it looked as if he was wiping away tears. He sat on his stool and the crowd just got to him, and instead of singing, he closed his eyes, let the crowd sing the song, and let his hands do his singing.
After that song, he talked about all of the obstacles he went through with his current album, and how so many people didn’t want him to release it. The next song he played hit me hard, and I found myself completely losing it. I’ve never felt emotional listening to the song before, but after his performance of Heart’s Desire and his heart to heart, I just started to get a little teary thinking about all of the things that I have overcome in the past year. I felt like I had a reawakening at that show.
When I was in college, I used to attend my fair share of concerts at club/bar venues, but since graduating almost 6 years ago, I stopped attending these types of shows due to just feeling like a grandma. I felt like a kid again at this show. The high that it left me with was amazing, and it made me realize that I want this feeling all of the time. I want my life to be defined by more than a workout, a blog post, or anything else along those lines. I want there to be more to my life then the gym and working.
The next morning, I slept in, ate, and then headed to my favorite running trail. My legs were tired after standing for 7 hours at the show, so I ran with no Garmin. I didn’t care about the distance I ran or what pace I was holding. I wanted to have fun, enjoy nature, and just be active.
I had originally planned to run to my typical turn-around point, and once I made it, I walked around and took in my surroundings.
I plopped myself on this bench, looked around, and allowed myself to get lost in my thoughts. I thought a lot about how the night prior made me feel, and how I want more out of my life. Last week Jaime and I had been talking about our classmates and how most of them seem to be getting engaged, married, or starting their families, and how here I am, single, with no signs of settling down in the works.
Why? Why do some people have it easier, while others go through a harder time getting their dreams, or what they think their dream is? Instead of staying in the negative, I thought that there has to be a purpose for this. Maybe those that are settling down, maybe that’s the path that they are meant to be going down at this moment in time, and maybe I’m meant to be single and free because I have a higher purpose to serve. That I’m not supposed to be engaged or starting a family just yet.
At this turn-around point, there are a set of rocks that block an extended area. In all of the years that I have come here, I have never gone beyond those rocks. That was until Saturday. I wanted to see what was on the other side; what I had been ignoring for years. I had no idea what the trail led to, but I finally decided to step outside of my comfort zone and explore.
I ran for about a minute, and when I came out of the curve, I was faced with the option of going left or right, both long dirt roads leading to who knows where. At this point, I started to cry. Those rocks that blocked this part of the trail were symbolic for the rocks that line my comfort zone, and when I stepped over them, I was given different paths to explore. Everything just started to fall into place and click.
Our lives should not be spent in our comfort zone otherwise we will miss out on a hell of a lot of great opportunities with beautiful views. Sure I’ve sort of experienced this view, but never from this angle.
The terrain was a bit rocky, and the sand was really soft, making it hard to run through at some points, but that’s what life is made up of. Beautiful views that are obtained once you go through a few rough patches.
I wanted to go on this run simply to be active and enjoy the day, but I ended with so much more than that. By the time I made it to my car, I was inspired and motivated to live my life to the fullest. Sometimes I think that “I’m 27 and it’s too late to make any big changes in regards to life, my career, anything like that.” I am so young and there is absolutely no age limit or rule that says you can’t change your life right now, no matter your age.
So whether it’s in the next few weeks or months, I’m focusing on my purpose in life, truly following my dreams, being open to any and all opportunities, and figuring out the reason that I’m not supposed to settle down just yet.
Maybe I change my career, relocate, start attending church again, join a volunteer group, or maybe I just become deeply immersed on an ignored hobby of mine. I have no idea what it will be, but I’m truly excited to find out what my higher purpose is!
Is there anything that you wish you could do right now; whether it’s a career change, move, or a new hobby?
What blocks you from chasing after a wild dream?