Have you lost sight of who you are? Over the years we change to suit others, change to fit into family; school; friendships clicks; work; groups etc. Do you ever feel that you have lost pieces of yourself?
I know as a mum/dad you tend to sacrifice a lot for kids; to make a living; to merely exist. As I get older and now have more time, I believe that a vital part of being happy is to get to know me again. The real me, the happy as a pig in mud, me. I remember someone asking me when my kids were both under 5 years old, “If you had a whole weekend all to yourself and by yourself, what would you do?” My first response, with no thought at all was “SLEEP” but after that, I had no idea. How do we get back to our true self , I hear you ask? Well maybe some list making might help. Make a list: what are my favourite things? Make a bucket list,(things you’d love to do before you “kick the bucket”) What do YOU love to do? What do YOU enjoy? What is something positive that YOU can do that always makes YOU feel better? What makes you smile? Is there a place that you go that feels really special and calming to You? Start doing things that YOU like and love. Start hanging out with people you like and love. Now it is important when working on this that you be honest and make these lists with only YOU in mind. There is no point making a list of things that everyone else likes…..than it is not YOUR list. Do you remember doing something as child/teen/young adult that you loved and have never done since??? Paint, dance, sing, read, a sport, cook……..whatever?? If something brings you joy it is the real you…..embrace it, maybe even rediscover it. Now don’t be shy…..share some of your findings with us…..we might get some great tips or even just find out that we are not alone.
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