It has been a HOT MINUTE since we last talked but I am back and ready to chat! Something that has been on my mind lately is the concept of contentment. Being an Orlando native, going to school in Gainesville is a challenge. There is so much to do in Orlando and oftentimes I tend to think of myself as "stuck" in Gainesville, forgetting about all the amazing things I can do and am working on right here, right now.
Last spring break, I was living it up eating tacos on the beach of Costa Maya, Mexico. This spring break was not as exotic or tasty. I spent an entire week moping around Gainesville despising the fact that while everyone else was enjoying their vacation, I was at work.
(Kevin's got the right idea.)
As I went about my pity party, I kept finding myself looking through my Instagram feed, attempting to live vicariously through the people I follow. For me, this isn't something that I only did during spring break, but it's something that I find myself doing quite often. You see, you can count me with the dreamers (-@hookhand). I've got some dreams and they sure are big. The problem with dreaming big is that it takes some time to get there, and that time isn't always as exciting as you'd like it to be. It's easy to look at the people I look up to and feel less than content with my own life. Sometimes even thinking of my future self can even get me feeling this way, feeling as though if I just finish this class, if I just get this internship, or if I just get this job I will be content.
In Philippians 4:11-13 it says, "Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
We are called to be content in every circumstance. I, however, am challenging myself to be more than content and to always look on the bright side of things. As I move forward in my education, my creative outlets, my job, and in the pursuit of my dreams, I will strive to see the magic in every situation. I go to a top-ten public university that is propelling me towards my dream career, everyday I go to a job where I can be myself and make children smile, and I have wonderful people around me who support my ridiculous antics to keep up with my Instagram theme and push me to be my best self. So while dreaming big is wonderful, I'll just be here reminding myself that I am living the dream right now, even if it isn't quite what I imagined just yet.
I challenge YOU to analyze your circumstance and try to find the magic in your life. When you start to think of yourself as living the dream now, rather than the dream being far off in the future, things start to get a whole lot brighter.
Until next time,