This morning I woke up at 9am. 9am?!! Who does that?! I was so annoyed because waking up at 9am these days means I overslept. Since when did waking up at 9am become late for me? A girl who used to sleep until 1pm in the afternoon if she could. What happened to me? I grew up. But no, really, what specifically happened to me? When did I start taking life so seriously? When did my needs and desires become that important to me that I painstakingly wake up at 6:30am to start my day. We’re talking just three or four short years ago in my mid-twenties, no…late twenties (gosh I’m getting old) when I didn’t know the life I was waking up to. Who was I waking up to? A 26 year old girl that didn’t know herself and just went with the motions.
The journey to 30-year-old-Ari started when I moved to New York City and cruised full speed ahead when I discovered photography and now, coaching. These three things changed my life in a very specific way. It’s almost mysterious the way all of this was conceived. Nowadays, instead of sleeping till the afternoon, rolling out of bed and not having a clue of what do to with myself, my days look a little different. I’m waking up at 6:30 in the mornings, drinking coffee, which I never did, and writing in my journal. Walking down the street is no longer a simple act as I stop at least three times to photograph something with amazing light because I just can't pass up the shot. Now turning a new corner as I immerse myself in the coaching world and annoy everyone around me as I try to coach them on everything from discovering their passion to what to fix for dinner. Ahh it's the little joys of my life that keep me going.
Now I’m not saying my life has now become this spectacularly exciting thrill filled with posies and pixie dust but it is interesting just to reflect back on the choices I’ve made that has brought out some pretty significant changes for me in my life. And it feels good to say those choices helped me to become who I am today. Life feels pretty darn good right about now.
All of this makes me wonder what else life has in store for me. Motherhood? Marriage? World notoriety? Heh, heh, heh. A girl can dream can’t she? Hmm maybe some day….
What has all of this taught me? That life is a big mystery; a mystery to everyone who walks its path. Enjoy the mystery and don’t fear the unknown. Learn to love it and embrace it. That is part of the thrill of living. A thrilling life is waiting for you around every corner, all you have to do is turn into it.