Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

Anais ForReal

Straight No Chaser

Embracing and Falling in LOVE Again

2 min read
Photo by Kimberley Dodd on Reshot

Photo by Kimberley Dodd on Reshot

Life has a way of bringing you full circle. I experienced that today, and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve felt all year or maybe even in decades. I walked in, I felt like I’d returned home to an old love, and it was honestly very emotional. I felt a tug at my heart. It took me a while to pull it together.

I walked into the art supply section, and I stood there for a minute. I’d forgotten how much I LOVED shopping for art supplies. I hadn’t done it for so long, and the pure enjoyment of it was so beautiful.

I walked away from my dream of being an artist at a young age because it wasn’t practical, or that was the opinion. So I went into a field that was much more practical. I am not sorry about it, but I am sorry that I turned away from art because I realized how much I missed it.

So, there I was walking the aisles and trying to hold my emotions in check. It may sound goofy, but it was like returning to a long lost love. I have honestly not felt that much joy in quite a while.

We must continue to connect to things that we love, people we love, and situations we love. I have been quite guilty of focusing so much on other people that I’ve moved away from the things I love.

Therapy is helping me connect to myself and teaching me to turn inward to embrace the things that I love once again. In one of the sessions, my therapists asked what I did for self-care, and I was at a loss. She pressed with, what do you do for yourself? I just stared because I didn’t have an answer at that time. Now, she asks every session what I did for myself in the previous week.

Therapy makes you think. These questions have forced me to shift away from being so involved with making others happy and focus on my happiness. I am looking forward to getting more in touch with myself, discovering, and exploring more things that make me happy.

I am looking forward to spending the next fifty years doing this. What has been bringing you joy recently? What have you done to make yourself happy? Check me out on FB, IG, and Twitter to let me know!

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