Lots of people talk about the need to improve their lives in one way or the other. However, in most cases, it just remains that – talk. Unfortunately, not many are brave enough to do something in an attempt to improve and enrich their existence.
Human kind is notorious for complacency and complaining about things without lifting a finger to make any changes. We find excuses for why we remain in unhappy relationships or jobs or cannot lose weight. It is extremely easy to sit in your comfortable spot and feel sorry for yourself.
I, like most others, have been guilty of falling into this trap and even remaining in it for some time. Not finding time to exercise, and thus not prioritising it as an important aspect became the norm. However, recently, and as a result of some very positive changes in my personal life, I have made the move to live further out near the beach.
Now, to put things in perspective, although I absolutely love the beach, the water, the sun, the calmness and the relaxation it brings and constantly crave it; I have, for most part of my life, been an inner-city girl, so a move to an outer suburb near the sea was almost like moving cities in terms of mental adjustment. Forced to internally reassess what is important in my life and what aspects I need to concentrate on, which have been put on the back burner for quiet some time, hard decisions had to be made.
One thing for sure – the sea change has provided me with an opportunity to combat the negative aspects of my own being. “Stop talking and start doing” has become my motto. I finally stopped looking for excuses why certain aspects were not working and embraced the attitude of making a positive change. The first thing to change was making health and living a healthy lifestyle a priority. Running, walking, swimming and doing other types of physical activities has become part of my daily existence.
Funny enough, although I now wake up much earlier than I used to in order to accommodate all the things I need and want to achieve in a day, I have more energy and I feel fantastic.
Therefore, I suggest that if you are unhappy with some aspects of your life, assess what is the best way of making the required adjustments. Of course, moving to the sea may not be the right step for you. However, having some change of scenery and adjusting your mental attitude towards things can have huge benefits and help you get out of the rut.
I have been a firm believer in the saying that it is better to try and fail than to never try. Is it time for your ‘sea change’? Mine is definitely working for me, yours may actually turn out to be just what the doctor prescribed.