Life has been both a little slow and a little exciting recently. I've been immersing myself in creating, reading, and just taking in the world, bit by bit. There is so much in life to discover, to learn, to reflect on. Some recent thoughts:
#1: Waking up early
For a very, very long time I had a lot of trouble getting out of bed in the morning, especially for work. It didn't matter what time I slept, whenever I woke up I would be extremely tired, and then I would set my alarm for 10 minutes' time, then another 10 minutes, and then another 10 minutes after which I would practically have to drag myself out of bed. And so this snooze and fatigue cycle continued for months on end.
Since I've returned from the Gold Coast, I've decided to try waking up early. I set my alarm for an hour earlier than required, and tell myself to get up no matter what. Surprisingly, it was so easy to fall into this good habit. The trick is to look forward to a good breakfast! During my extra hour, I have a lazy but substantial breakfast, sip on a cup of tea, read all the updates on the Internet and even have a little bit of time to do a quick tidy up around the house.
It feels so good not having to rush. Now I realise what a difference a good morning start makes for the rest of the day.
#2: Good things come to those who take action
I recently read this spin on the good old saying, 'Good things come to those who wait' and I thought nothing could be truer. Often we spend so much time envying other people and wishing this and wishing that, but nothing will ever come of it if that's all we do. Of course, it would be silly to be hasty or irrational about things that out of our control, but if it is within our control, take that step now. Nothing will change if we don't do things differently.
It's that time of the year again where the days are short and the sun sets just as I finish work. Everyday during my ride home, I get lost within those watercolour skies for at least a few moments. I'm hanging out for the day when I will get off my lazy butt and go for a hike during sunset in winter. I think I would feel so insignificant, and so mesmerised by the beauty of this world.
#4: I could just keep on travelling
I don't think I've ever talked about my resolutions for this year, but one of them was to go to one new place each month. It could be within Victoria, or interstate or overseas. I thought I would get sick of travelling after the big trip to Europe, or at least be somewhat uncomfortable from being in and out of home so much. But no, each time I return, I look back on the photos, relish in the good times, and then immediately plan the next. Everyday I'm on the hunt for more national parks and towns and shops I can explore.
#5: Follow your heart
A few days ago, a university student asked me for the best advice I could give her in regards to university life in general. Without a moment's hesitation, I said, "Do what you want to do. Follow your heart." Why did I say that? I don't know. Maybe I should heed my own advice.