Saturday, January 23, 2010

Are YOU Who You WANT To Be?




This is your life.....are you who you want to be? This is your life... is it everything you dreamed that it would be? Those lyrics are sung by the band  'Switchfoot' in a song called 'This is your life'.

The first time I heard that song it really struck me. I wondered, how many people are living a life where they don't feel they are their authentic self or are trying to be someone they aren't, are not sure who they really are or may not even like themselves let alone love themselves. Then, I thought about my own life.There are so many areas I'm proud of in my life but there are areas of growth, improvement and discipline still to be conquered also. I believe this is the case for most people, otherwise we'd be stagnant, bored and unfulfilled. The truth is that we will never really reach a destination point where we can say, 'Ahhh, okay, I'm here, I've arrived. We are constantly learning and growing and desiring to be our personal best.

Sometimes it's easy to get distracted, to take your eyes off the prize when we put too much attention on the lives of others. Maybe you know a couple whose love for one another and life seems picture perfect and you truly long for something that resembles it, a family who apperas to have it all and yet you feel so far away from achieving that yourself, your best friend who shares with you her dream job and a salary to complement it and you're struggling to get by. You may be left wondering what special and exciting things are meant for you?

Ask yourself this question- Am I  living each day with intention? Purpose? Joy? Passion?

With the joys of life, also come the mundane daily errands and tasks. Often times we only see the special, happy moments in others' lives but the frustrating, maddening, boring or heartbreaking ones in our own. We must reflect on the wonderful experiences and opportunities that we have had. We are all unique and are given different gifts and opportunities, we must be willing to make the most of them.

Now, ask yourself these 3 question? What do I really want to do with my life that will fill me with joy? What will be my legacy? How do I want to be remembered one day by those that love me?

Maybe your goal is as simple as bringing joy into the lives of everyone you meet on a daily basis, perhaps you want to be a world traveler and author who leaves a legacy of books behind, like I do, for future generations. You may even dream of being a fulfilled and loving mother and wife, that is a good goal too! We need more loving mothers and wives on this planet, that is for sure!

Whatever your goal, desire or passion is, attempt to live that out each day. Never let fear hold you back from being the very best possible version of YOU. Just this week I received a call about a new opportunity that was bigger and grander than others I've worked on in the past. I committed myself to the project and look forward to the new challenges. However, after I got off of the phone, I felt excited then immediately felt fearful. I started thinking about all the things she may want me to do that would be new and perhaps a little scary. It's easy to stay where we're at in life, but we need to press in daily and break forth into new opportunities, new assignments that may feel uncomfortable at the moment but need to be conquered so we will realize how gifted and accomplished we actually are.

Here are the lyrics for the whole song if you haven't heard it before:


Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you've broken
Don't close your eyes, don't close your eyes
This is your life and today is all you've got now
Yeah, and today is all you'll ever have
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes

This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over

This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes

This is your life are you who you want to be
This is your life are you who you want to be

This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Have a blessed day and live your dreams!

5 comments :

  1. Wow Karla, you described my life exactly how I feel about it. I often don't feel like I am living the life I was meant to live. I am slowly making progress to change that but nothing happens over night. Thanks for sharing that song, it is very inspiring!

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  2. Great post! I think we all wonder from time to time..now you have me thinking ;) Susie~

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  3. Your welcome ladies! I am glad I could provide some inspiration for you.

    Angie-You are not alone. I know many people who feel the same way. Some will never admit it though, that really is the first step to moving in the direction you desire to see the changes you want.

    I really like that song. They have many other great ones too. :)

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  4. Thanks for pointing me here. You are so right. I think there are quite a few of us who had the same thing in mind and God has a purpose for everything! That is a beautiful song as well. It's time to start looking at the good in our lives, not just the good in others. If we could see our lives the way we see the lives of others...what a difference it would make!

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Warmly,
Karla

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