“No, we don’t need more sleep. It’s our souls that are tired, not our bodies. We need nature, we need magic, we need adventure, we need freedom, we need truth, we need stillness. We don’t need more sleep, we need to wake up and live.” ~ Mermaid Musings
Still meditating on the amazing words spoken by Navy Seal Admiral McRaven in his commencement speech to the graduating class of 2014, inspiring us to make our beds as a first step to changing our world, this beautiful saying by Mermaid Musings compliments it well. I agree, we don’t need more sleep, we need to wake up and live. Wow – that hits right into the center of my soul.
I sleep when I’m depressed, when I’m emotionally tired and worn out, when I’m feeling hopeless and afraid. When I’m not wanting to deal with the stresses and pain of this world, I long to sleep and slip off into a land of fantasy and hope and magic. There’s nothing wrong with that, and perhaps at times in our life we need it, but not for too long, not for too often, and not as a way to avoid living our lives.
Life is hard, but it’s also good. It’s tough, always, but so are we. I have a friend who is a Navy Seal and he says that the easiest day was yesterday. That is so true. I’m not looking for easy, I’m hoping to find an inner strength inside that gives me the strength to conquer each day. I start that by making my bed every morning, making and completing small goals throughout the day, working toward bigger goals for the week, the month, the year and the rest of my life.
Making goals and chasing them – that’s living. Living isn’t dreaming – but chasing the dream. Living is feeling everything – the good, the bad, the happy, the sexy, the heartache, the joy, the love, the pain, the rejection, the failure, and the success. I try not to deny any of it, because all those feelings and experiences make me who I am.
I don’t want to sleep my life away. I don’t want to miss an opportunity, an experience, or a moment because of fear or being too lazy to care. Life is messy. It’s hard. None of us are perfect, but we are perfectly imperfect. I’ve been through hell and have endured unimaginable horrors, but I survived and I overcame. I love in spite of hate. I care in spite of indifference. I hope in spite of failure. I keep loving in spite of rejection.
We get one life. One. I’ve been here forty-seven years and my tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. I don’t want to put off tomorrow what I can experience today. I don’t want to put my life on hold, hide, or sleep away biding my time until magic happens, because it never will. The only magic we get in our lives is the magic we make, we pursue, and we imagine as we are living. Not every day is going to be a good day, but I want to be alive in the midst of them.
I’ve lost so many people in my life that are not here anymore or not part of my life anymore – and loss hurts. Change hurts. Love hurts. But, I’d rather hurt that not feel anything. Because if I don’t feel the pain, I also don’t feel the love or the joy. I want to feel it all.
I’m in the beginning stages of falling in love right now. I’ve met a wonderful man who I admire and he inspires me so much every day to live. I can’t guarantee our future, or if he will even be a part of it, but I’m open to see what happens and go where this path may lead. I’ve met some great new friends who make my soul happy, who encourage me not by their words, but because they’re busy living their lives and pursuing their passions. I love people who are chasing their desires, setting goals for themselves, and doing what they love. I’d rather be with someone who has nothing and struggling to achieve something, than be around someone who has everything but lack vision or a goal. I love the dreamers and the visionaries, and people that are not afraid to risk their hearts. I’ve missed that so much in life.
No, we don’t need more sleep – we need to wake up and live!
Till next time,