We all have people we look up to in life and take to heart everything they say. For me, one of those people is my Aunt. She is a strong and courageous woman who has experienced a lot of life. Despite the trials she’s dealt with, she’s never stopped trying to curate her best life. She said something to me that really stuck out, which was “visualize exactly what you want and then go make it happen.” She told me that she had envisioned a job that would provide enough for her and her family to survive off, yet provided her the flexibility she needed to work from home most days. After years of working her tail off, she was finally able to land a position that gave her exactly what she had wanted.
I remember going through a period of time where nothing felt right. As I was digging deep and trying to get through, my Aunt’s words again came to mind, ‘visualize exactly what you want and then go make it happen.’
I sat down and made a list of everything I wanted in the next phase of my life, everything from being able to bike/walk to work, take a lunch break, live in a place where I could spend a lot of time outdoors, etc. I remember thinking it felt so far off to have all of these things. Now that I’ve transitioned to the next phase of my life, I can say that I have most all of these things now. However, I can’t say that I didn’t worry and struggle through the process of getting here.
I think we can all take away this valuable lesson from my Aunt, which is to identify and be clear about the things that you want or need. If we never verbalize or write these things down, there isn’t anyway we can hold ourselves accountable in reaching these aspirations. I’m not saying that we need to be ungrateful for the things we have but I am saying that you deserve to go after and receive the things you want in life, especially if you’re willing to put in the hard work it takes to get there.