I woke up this morning to the excitement of a 3-year-old excited to play and explore. He was playing talking cars and jumping on and off the couch excited to start the day yet to be filled with new experiences. Remember Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch excited about sharing his love for Katie Holmes. Well, it was 200% more genuine than that. It was delightful and special as it took me back to my childhood where exploring the backyard and playing cars with my brother was the best thing ever. Climbing trees, talking to imaginary people and animals, picking fruit and making and destroying things was what life was about. Constantly creating the world.
Fast forward and the drag of life has seemed to dim the lights and change the mood of life. Ask yourself, where did that jumping on and off the couch with excitement for everything in life go? Unless you still jump on and off the couch excited about each day?
[Now don’t get me wrong, if you know me or have been flowing me, I am a pretty excited person – but I could be more excited. I do spring out of bed in the morning and I love the challenge of studying, exams and even vacuuming! But I am not your average person, I am unique and embrace my quirkiness. And I know how to maintain excitement – why I am ‘tangenting’ about it].
The point is…
You see as we grow up our outlook on life becomes augmented by expectations, perspectives and attitudes. Sleeping in becomes the desirable way to spend a Sunday morning and then society tells us Monday is already here – again, what a drag – and then we have to experience hump day and then it’s Friday and then the weekend is here – again – filled with chores and what your not 100% keen to do. Mmm… sounds exciting right? Life? Excitement? Can the two really be an every day, every moment experience?
Yes it can!
In fact, we know there are ebbs and flows to life. What goes up must come down, but the secret about the flowing act of excitement is about maintaining gratitude, purpose and passion. It starts with being thankful for being where you are in life cause whatever is going on, it could be worse, right? Be thankful in context to your life and each day be more thankful. Start with thanking your parents, love ones, neighbour, barristar, boss, children etc. Write a list and start ticking those people off. Positive affirmation is the best medicine for the mind. Those who you thank will be thankful.
The next affirmation is about living your obligation, your pledge to the world – your purpose. For me, it’s about doing my upmost best to create opportunities central to improving the environment and connecting communities. I still have some things in life that do drag! But really, when I think about it everything in my life is central to my purpose. What is your purpose?
Having passion for everything in life is the next underlining truth to living a life filled and overflowing with excitement. Find passion in everything you do. From walking the dog, putting the bins out, commuting to work, finishing an assignment or even vacuuming. If you are struggling, think how doing such things is helping out someone or a situation. For instance, I am so happy when I take my dog to the beach or park where she can run and have fun. Cause it’s when you loss passion for something that you start to do things with less excitement and it becomes a chore, which in turn usually ends up sloppy or not complete or not complete to the standard wanted it to be or simply, you become unhappy, frustrated and disengaged.
Life is meant to be celebrated not dragged. So, the trick to stay excited is having gratitude, purpose and passion. I am going to expand my excitement by thanking you for taking the time to read this and from now thank those in your life and live a life full of excitement.
Live a life filled with excitement – have fun playing and exploring.