After being in beautiful Puerto Rico for a week, watching sunsets like I was doing in this photo, I'm now back in New York and at work and caught myself thinking, "Back to reality..."
We like to do this whenever we return to normalcy or the familiar and we refer to our day-to-day lives as more boring or simplistic than what we felt on the weekend or a recent getaway. I only realized this as I caught myself thinking about my life in a negative light, as though my "reality" isn't as deserving of my full love and appreciation as my vacations and weekends are.
Our lives can be exciting and fully felt or they can be mundane and dull - it's all in how we choose to look at it. I woke up this morning and had that tiny ache of "ah, back to work again. Your vacation is over," and then rewrote the script I've conditioned myself to repeating and said "Yes, I GET TO go to work today. I GET TO make money and support myself. I GET TO see what magic this day can bring."
When we look at our days and already assume that we know how they're going to play out; when we anticipate people's interactions with us and our responses to them; when we already envision a foreseeable repetitive day ahead of us, we are robbing ourselves of the possibility of enchantment for what this day can bring.
Our perception of our lives is quite literally, our lives. It's all in how we choose to see the moments that grace us every day, the people who inhabit the same orbit that we do, the type of work we engage ourselves in, and the ways in which we impact the people around us, including ourselves.
I look at this candid photo taken of me last week, looking out to a gorgeous sunset, when I was feeling like life was one big playground and I was immensely lucky and grateful to be a part of it, and I see that even though that girl is on vacation, that I can still find her here - in the everyday, the normalcy, the work, the hustle, the restlessness, the incomplete, and the desire for more.
She's here within me always, just as the liberator to your experience is, too. It's all in how you choose to look at it, dear one. Choose to see and expect the magic and the magic will choose you, too.