When I’m 80 Years Old

Hey friends! So, ever since my DC trip, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about our time here on Earth. If you haven’t already guessed, I’m a deep thinker. I like to read books that make me think differently, open my mind up to different ways of thinking/doing things, and just allowing me to grow. Growth. Identity. Kindness. Understanding. Love. Those are all things I’ve either talked about before, or will talk about soon, but today, I wanted to talk about growth.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am that girl in Hobby Lobby spending hours in three aisles trying to find the perfect quote painting. Then I will spend another hour trying to decide between two of them, when I usually just end up buying them both. I have quotes all over my home. I have them on my laptop background and on my phone background. I pin them, post them, share them, wear them on shirts…you get the picture. I have one sitting on my kitchen island right now that simply says “Stop wishing, start doing.” Simple, but yet it really does motivate me. I can do a whole lot of research on something, but we all know what research is code for: procrastination. (Obviously, not in all cases—hello, science—but you get my point. I hope.) I find inspiration in quotes, I push myself to color outside the lines, to open up new doors, try something new, look outside of myself to see where I need to grow and how to help myself. I know that staying stagnant isn’t what we’re supposed to do. God put us here to constantly be learning new things, helping others, loving others, understanding others. We can’t do that if we, ourselves, aren’t growing. Growth is necessary. There isn’t one person alive who is perfect, contrary to what Instagram shows.

I had a lot of fear and self-doubt before my DC trip. I went back and forth with deciding about a billion times (no joke, ask my friends). But, this is life. LIFE! It’s supposed to be about adventures and taking opportunities and if they’re scary, then that’s all the more reason to do it. I pushed through my fear, jumped head-first out of my comfort zone and went for it. And you know what? I survived! Okay, well, I may have busted up my ankle (like, really, truly I did), but it made for a great story! And that’s what I crave in life. Stories. Adventures. Risks. Love. I want to live every single second of every single day. Even when I’m sleeping, I want to have vivid, crazy dreams so I can feel like I’m even having an adventure while I’m sleeping. I know that sounds silly, but that’s just me. I want to thrive! That’s why it’s hard for me to sit still, why I have a life coach to push me and hold me accountable, why I read so many books, why I am constantly trying to learn things about myself, why I pray and talk to God, and why I spend hours in Hobby Lobby. When I’m 80 years old, I want to look back at my life, smile and say “I really lived. I’m proud of my life. I did all I could do and then some.” I want to run through fields of wildflowers. Dance in the rain. Lie in the back of a truck at a drive-in movie theater. Travel. Oh, how I want to travel! Pay it forward.  Rescue puppies from shelters. Help kids. Make them all believe that they matter. And maybe, just maybe, I can inspire just one person to do the same. I want to have stories to tell when I’m 80 years old. Pictures to show. Scars to prove that I lived. But, also, that I find joy in the little things as well. A home cooked meal, white daisies, my favorite movie, fresh clean sheets, a drive through the country, the sound of rain.

This isn’t about wanting more, it’s about embracing life. Growing yourself to be the most full, and alive you can possibly be. I encourage you all to do something today that goes out of your comfort zone, that pulls you out of “settling” and throws you right into life and growth. Maybe it’s signing up for a class, trying a new workout, calling your Mom and having a heart-to-heart, telling someone you love and miss them, going on a road trip (highly recommended!), opening up your Bible and letting God grow you.

Thrive, friends! Open your heart and your mind. Jump out of your comfort zone and you can walk right into something beautiful and life-changing. You deserve to live a life of beautiful moments.

The difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinary life is only a matter of perspective. Pull the blinds. Look around you. It is a mad, mad world and you do not require ten digit bank accounts to immerse yourself in it. Travel down dusty roads without a destination in mind. Climb a mountain and scream out into the void. Kiss the hell out of a stranger. Skinny dip in a lake. Get lost and lose yourself (they are two separate things). Explore the wilderness (especially the one within). Think less of destiny and more of the moment right here. Because when you are old and ill with your loved ones around you, fame won’t matter, nor will the extent of your wealth. You are the sum of the stories you can tell.” _Beau Taplin


What I’m listening to:

“Life’s What You Make It,” by Graham Colton

“So Will I,” by Hillsong