Mental Monday ~ Day 1

Today’s the day! The day I start my very first organized topic week!! I am a psychology major, so anything that deals with the mind interests me. Some of my blogs will be about mental disease, issues, and new age treatment. My life topics will cover love, relationships, and kids.

I guess I called it “Mental” Monday because Manic/Maniac Mondays just didn’t sound right to me. Being mental is what it’s all about. Intelligence, anxiety, self-image, and feelings all tie in with your mind. Sometimes I feel like I love my husband and children so much that no one in this world could love someone else like I love my family. I feel so strongly, that writing this blog is helping me focus. This is key to my Mental Mondays…

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LIFE

What a wonderful way to describe life. You must live life forward, but the only way to understand it is to look at it backwards…in the past. I’m sure every one of you have made mistakes you wish you could take back. Whether it was something big or something little, everyone has made a mistake. The key to life, however, is learning from those mistakes. Touch a hot stove once and burn your finger, you won’t touch it again (at least adults won’t…it takes a few times for little kids…and I’ve touched it not thinking, but you get the drift!).

Life is eternity. It is yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It is 100 years ago and 100 years from now. It is giving birth to another human being, saying “I do” to the love of your life, and navigating the daily droll of work, peer pressure, and societal expectations.

It is not our destiny to understand life. It is our destiny to live it.

For years I focused on finding the meaning of life and the “pursuit of happiness.” I wasted hours, days, years on trying to perfect my life…instead of living every moment to the fullest. When my son was born in 2012, it seemed like my world exploded. I began to feel every emotion, see every color, and hear every sound. I thought I felt before, but nothing prepared me for what followed his birth. I love my Princess, but my Prince altered my state of mind. I had my daughter when I was 19. A child. Of course I did not realize that then, but 8 years later I’ve gained some much needed wisdom.

So what is the key to a happy life? Well, that’s a little harder to explain. It is different for every person. One individual may want to accomplish great things in science, while another wants a large family. AND, life is never set in stone. I swore on my existence I would not live forever in South Carolina. When my husband joined the military, I was SO excited to leave the state.  I’ve seen Europe and the whole eastern coast, so I was dead set on settling somewhere new. Then when my husband left the military, we moved back to SC and we settled in the country, a place we used to hate. Now, for the first time in our lives, we feel at home. We are renting now but we plan on buying some land in a couple of years. 10 years ago I would have laughed in your face if I would have thought I would actually like staying in South Carolina. But now I cannot picture us anywhere else. It sure does feel awesome knowing where we belong.

Everything in life changes. Your job may change, your relationship, your financial statues, your passions. Make the best of what you have when you have it, and learn to go with the flow.

The point of this long drawn out post is that life is full of surprises, accomplishments, failures, and mistakes. If you want a happy life, you have to learn to compartmentalize all that happens to you so you can learn from your past, to improve your future. It really is that simple.

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