Daily Archives: July 17, 2013

Find Your Happy Place

I always have things lined up that I want to write about and then days or even the day before my Wednesday post I have another idea! We all have lists of cool things we want to buy or do, right? We wait and wait and put it off and maybe never get to it. In my path of many risks and changes I have decided that I need to stop talking about these things and buy or do them. Plus sometimes you just need to treat yourself.

In any case I have already bought and done  a number of things just in the past years time alone. This past Friday I bought myself a kayak. I always wanted my own! I came across some money and decided to take Nike’s advise and “Just Do It”. I bought The car mounting straps, the life vest, the paddle and the kayak all in one shot on Friday. I was going to take it out up by the Chain of Lakes area in the northern part of Illinois on Sunday but I could not stand it I had to put her in the water. Saturday afternoon that is exactly what I did! I went on the Fox River which is very close to where I live.

I got everything set up and scooted off the loading area and into the water. I paddled out into the middle of the water and that is when it hit me………It is so peaceful out here, It is so quiet, I feel really good out by myself in the middle of the river in my new kayak!(I still feel like I should name her) I just started paddling up stream and was thinking about the whole “Happy Place” concept. I think I found it! I Have found my “Happy Place”. I felt very centered out on the river in my kayak. Did not have to do anything did not have to be anywhere did not have to answer to anyone. Needless to say I went to the Chain of Lakes area the next day, scratched her up got her dirty and broke her in! Now, I have been in kayaks before in the open ocean, on rivers, in the rapids but there is a different value to getting in one of your own, it is total peace.

I urge all of you to try everything in life and find your happy places. If you find something you really like doing there really is no reason at all to stop doing it….EVER! This is just one of many places where I am most happy! I am not going to  name all of my happy places but I want to name probably the top 3, but not in any order: Kayaking, Sitting at the top of the mountains, and Chicago Fire soccer games. I know this is more of a personal story than ideas of positivism in my post this week. I think that with all of these Ideas of positivism and practicing what I preach that my life has taken on many positive adventures which I think carry as much value as the ideas of positivism themselves. We all have a choice to be positive or negative, always choose positive and see how your life evolves for the better.

Soon to come, as requested by a wonderful follower of my blog, a “You Want Me” video! you-want-me-explained

 

Have a great week and weekend everyone. I know what Ill be doing this weekend! 😛

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