To all the wonderful people in my life- this is for you ❤
I am blessed.
I am blessed
By your beauty,
Love and support.
I am graced with your glowing smiles…
Your laughter, your hugs.
I am fortunate
Because of the richest warmth
I find in your friendship.
For that I am grateful–
For that I know love;
And I am home.
Copyright November 26, 2016 Luisa Rodriguez
Now, before you jump to conclusions based on the seemingly pretentious title, think about this: When was the last time you did something for YOU?
Recently, I was watching some Gossip Girl, sitting in my room while my parents entertained guests downstairs, and dreaming off in my own world. I tend to do that a lot. Just sit by myself and enjoy my own company. And, maybe I watched one too many episodes of GG, but I decided I was going to do my makeup and put on a fancy dress and just dance around my room. And I did just that. I put on eyeshadow, blue and brown on one eye, purple and shimmery white on the other. I felt like a princess. I carefully applied pink lip gloss. I put on my red winter ball dress. And I danced around my room. I danced and twirled until I was dizzy. And it felt great. I was smiling. The whole time. Doing something for myself, even if no one was going to see me, was so fun. I took a few selfies because I almost never wear eyeshadow, and I almost never take selfies. I keep these photos for myself. Because when I look at them, I feel happy. I don’t need to document everything on camera and send it to social media to be happy. I did it for myself. For my joy and satisfaction. I felt beautiful. And you know what? No matter how ridiculous this story may sound, it was fun. I challenge you, reader, to do something for yourself. To not Snapchat or Instagram it. You don’t necessarily need to give yourself a makeover. Sometimes all you need o do is have 5 minutes to yourself. We usually don’t give ourselves permission to do things that might not be socially accepted (of course, don’t go murdering anyone now that you read this). But often, what is a little outrageous is usually just what we need to take a break from everyday life. Happiness really is a worthwhile goal. Take 30 minutes each week to do something by yourself. Go to dinner by yourself and don’t touch your phone. See that movie none of your friends want to watch. Do what you want. Do it for your happiness. ❤
This whole idea came to me while I was taking a shower. And it inspired a rather spontaneous write.
“Let’s be realistic” or, “realistically thinking”, is often told to people who “dream too big”. But that’s a negative way to think of it. Being realistic is not about downsizing your dreams. Being realistic means that the world is huge and opportunities are endless. Being realistic means that it will take hard work to reach your goals. And your dreams are completely, infinitely up to you to imagine.
It isn’t always easy to bolt after your goals. There are going to be challenges. Parents that want you to be a doctor, not an actor. Friends that think your love of poetry is too hippie-dippy. And most commonly, there is that little voice in all of our heads that says, “you know what? You can’t do it. So give up.” But that voice is not you. That voice is an external source, shaped and feeding off our surroundings in everyday life. You are, however, in control of that voice. You are who you want to be. Realistically speaking, you ARE what you make of yourself. You change yourself. You learn from yourself. And you can never dream too big. Shut up that little voice saying, “let’s be realistic…you can’t” by responding with, “let’s be realistic! I actually can!” Doors are open. Your journey to being who you want to be starts right… NOW!
Top of The Rock
In front of the Flatiron Building
John Lennon Memorial with my best friend, Abbey, in Central Park