They say, if the universe is like water and you flow with it, you’ll be led to where you need to be. This saying puts my mind at ease when I start to feel anxious about my future. It is common for humans to continuously put pressure on ourselves, even when things are going pretty well. Once we succeed at one thing, the idea that “time is running out” begins to mask our true reality, therefore, before we can enjoy the fruits of our labor, we have already delved into the next project. This habitual cycle takes us out of what it means to practice awareness (I will be making a post on this soon) and instead puts us in “float” mode. Since we are conditioned to put high expectations on ourselves at a young age, it becomes more difficult to answer this question, am I living for myself, or am I living to fulfill the need of others?
To be in “float mode” is to live turned off to your surroundings and only tuned into what you feel is best for you. I don’t want you to get “float mode” confused with focusing on yourself to improve your overall well being. This could include something as small as staying persistent in making healthier choices in your diet or as extreme as getting help to overcome an addiction. These are factors that do not include “float mode” because they are choices you have consciously made through awareness after having a conversation with yourself identifying how to improve an area of your life. Float mode is the opposite of this. Living in this mode may seem like a choice (initially it was), but after some time, when you find yourself unhappy doing something you once loved, you are floating. When you’re floating, it feels like your goal has been swept up from beneath you and no matter how hard you work to succeed, you continue to plateau.
Of course it is important to set goals and the feeling of accomplishing them is always fulfilling, but when we get to caught up in this mindset, we begin to isolate ourselves mentally, socially, and physically. These components might seem unimportant, but they are the key to spiritual growth. To be aware of “floating” does not mean you won’t have to work hard to achieve your goals. When you are able to recognize that you are “floating” you are able to recognize how to improve. These improvements will move you out of the trap of “float mode” and into the practice of awareness allowing your mind to network and explore, taking on tasks that truly inspire you, rather than ones that make you feel stuck. This will allow more doors to open since you be fulfilling your needs in all areas of your life rather than consumed in just one.
You see, everything is about balance. Without it, we start to miss out on genuine human connection, the simplicities and moments that create memories and inspire us, and most importantly the initial and pure vision that sparked our dream in the first place. When you have a passion, don’t abuse it. Don’t allow yourself to overwork your talents to the point where you no longer want to pursue them any more. When this happens, you will find that what you used to be a natural at, is now beginning to feel more like an impossible task. Allow your existence a moment to breathe and enjoy this life one moment at a time. Don’t float, live.
Thanks for being here
I feel my purpose is to show readers and viewers different perspectives of the world through the eyes of others. Everyday I challenge myself to think of new theories and concepts, change-up my routine and viewpoints, and allow myself to be creative both mentally and physically. I feel knowledge is power and when we choose to evolve and understand ourselves, we choose to understand our world and the people in it.