As I mentioned with my post on Practice, a commitment to your own growth through steady practice at the things you think you aren’t good at can really get your life flowing in beautiful, interesting directions. And it can happen at a ridiculous speed.
Life change is something almost everyone wants and the ways of setting this in motion are the principles that I’m here to teach. But…
What happens when life changes in dramatic ways?
When you were a kid, every growth spurt threw you for a loop as your body was suddenly doing and experiencing new things. You may have noticed that with experience and emotional growth, your life changed in ways that were just as confusing and strange.
Newness often feels strange.
When you wake up thinking and feeling differently than you did the day before, it can be quite a shock.
“Who am I?” you might ask. Or, if you’re resisting your change a bit (old habits have to be replaced with new ones and gradually practiced over time), you might even panic and wonder “What’s happening to me?!”
The easy answer is that these thoughts and feels are perfectly natural. It would be stranger if you experienced a radical breakthrough where you experienced a profound inspiration to think and experience reality differently and you didn’t find yourself disoriented by simply waking up the next day.
Of course, now you might be wondering what can be done about it.
The only real recommendation In can offer to the disoriented, confused, and possibly scared “new you” is this:
Practice living this new life.
In other words, engage yourself completely in the experience of waking up and designing your habits and routines (and breaking them to reinvent them as you continue to grow).
Try new things. Meet new people. Pay closer to attention to where you are and what you’re doing.
Practice, practice, practice.
And perhaps more importantly, PLAY.
The process of noodling around with ideas and seeing what happens is the process of living your fullest life and creation itself.
Mastering this process begins right where you are, doing whatever you’re doing.
Play isn’t an activity. It’s more than a state of mind.
Play is an approach to life.
The healthiest, happiest approach that I know of.
And I strongly advise you to accept whatever your circumstances might be (you don’t necessarily have to endorse them), practice Playing with all your heart (or as much of it as you can right now), and to allow yourself to have fun (without judgment or criticism) while you do it.
Then recognize ways you can play better and keep practicing.
Soon enough, you’ll be freer and more fulfilled than ever.
And when the dark times happen, as they occasionally do for all of us, you’ll know what to do.