What defines you? What makes you you? What inspires you to be exactly as you are?
Here I am, almost 22 years old, figuring out who I really am. I have discovered what I am passionate about in life -- health, fitness, and loving and helping others. This revelation did not happen overnight, no. It did not happen entirely internally, either. I found out who I am, who I will be, and why I'm here with the help of every little person and experience that has been placed in my path thus far.
I've been studying psychology for four years now. In my developmental, adolescent and educational psychology classes, we focused on the development of babies, children and teenagers. Never on adults.
We never stop developing. We never stop learning. We are products of everyone and everything we encounter, and that is just amazing. I've learned, and continue to learn, such useful and interesting things from those around me. Some are intentional lessons, some go unsaid. I am so grateful for every interaction I have and every lesson I learn from all of you. Here are some that come to mind.
I've learned from my Mom that happiness is a choice. That saving your money is extremely important. That a smile can solve all problems. That it's not the amount of time you have here in the physical world, but how you spend that time.
I've learned from my Dad the importance of living in the present, and keeping the good times as memories to think back to when necessary.
I've learned from my sister, Gretchen, that nourishing your body with the right foods will enhance and prolong your life.
I've learned from my sister, Brigette, that if you're not completely satisfied with something, you change it.
From my cats, the feeling of over-protectiveness.
From my boyfriend, Russ, everything about the human body and working out. And love.
From my two best friends, Shannon & Taylor, that it doesn't matter how long you go without seeing each other, your bond will never be broken.
From my future mother-in-law, that a mother can never be replaced, but opening up to unconditional love can heal all heartache.
From my Dad's fiance, Patty, that the mood of any room can be changed with a little paint.
From my friend, Susanne, that lavender essential oil is just that -- essential. Especially in the shower right before bed time.
From my clients, that with dedication and positivity, you can change lives.
From my yoga teacher, that if something doesn't feel right for you at that very moment, you return to child's pose.
From three of my bosses, that if you are not completely appreciated, respected, and your potential goes unnoticed, it's time to move on.
And from myself, that you have a purpose in life. You are here for a reason. You must figure out your reason, and soar. You must enjoy every step of the way, too. Life is a journey.
So, put down your iPhone. Observe those around you. Learn something new, something that you can teach to your friends and family, and keep this cycle alive.