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Chase It Anyways

Today I am going to touch on a topic that I feel is a very important one. It is a common theme in my life and in everything I say and do. I feel I want to spend some time on it, so this blog will be a lengthy one. Finding what it is that truly makes you happy deep in your core, is so essential to true happiness. What makes me happy is very different than what makes you happy, and that is okay. This theme is based on the following words:

The best things in life are done without thinking
When we let our passions drive us
When we listen to our hearts
When we get out of our heads
Overthinking and overanalyzing situations
Is what leads to grief
When all you do is ignore your heart,
You will never truly get what you want.
If you never get what you want,
You will never truly be happy.
If all you ever listen to is reason,
You are constantly talking yourself into being happy
But the happiness is never true
The happiness is never real
And eventually, that unhappiness will rear its ugly head
It may not be today or tomorrow
It may not be for 50 years
But one day, you will wake up and realize,
You never truly lived life the way it was meant to be
You never experienced true, raw happiness
So, find whatever it is that makes you happy,
And chase it
Chase it with every fiber of your being
Chase it with a fire burning bright
Chase it with a fierce intensity no one dare mess with
Chase it with all your strength and anger
Chase it with all your happiness and tears
Chase it with your whole heart.
Chase it again and again,
And when you can’t chase it anymore,
Keep chasing it anyways.

The Head or the Heart?

Some people may fight me on this concept tooth and nail, saying “The smart choice is to listen to your head and let your heart follow.” For some people, that is good enough. For others, that will never be enough. It will feel like a settlement.

The question is, which of these two people are you? If you truly are the person that wants to listen to your head, my argument is that listening to your head and making the “smart” choice is what your heart truly wants. But if you are the type of person that wants to jump headfirst, not think and just enjoy the ride, making the “smart” choice is not what your heart truly wants.

Finding Your Inner Voice

Self-introspection and self-examination are undervalued. At the end of the day, nobody knows the real you except for yourself. We all have our secrets we keep hidden from the world, even our very best friends, spouses, partners and kids. We all have secret thoughts and desires. The problem is, too many of us never truly listen to those inner voices to discover what it is we truly want or who it is we truly are.

I have learned through years of self-discovery and self-analysis that the person I truly am is different than the person I thought I was for most of my life. When you are living an authentic life, your happiness and satisfaction with life soars. When you are not, it plummets.

We all need to get to know ourselves. We all need to look at ourselves and think, “I’m my own best friend. I love myself.” Unfortunately, too many of us don’t think about ourselves that way. I would argue it’s because we don’t truly know ourselves or aren’t truly being ourselves.

How to Develop Self-Love

Self-reflection, self-development, self-analysis and self-discovery are so important and are always taken for granted. We live our lives with the influence of many other individuals and situations that sometimes we lose ourselves. Sometimes, we become a copycat of someone we love and respect and admire, but at the end of the day, if this isn’t truly who we are, we will never have self-love.

An exercise I found very helpful in discovering who I truly am is just sitting in silence and reflecting on life. I created vision board after vision board of what I truly wanted out of life, love and career. Each vision board helped me discover what I placed importance on.

Every time I sat in silence with nothing but my own thoughts, I discovered more and more about myself. Every time I tuned the world out and listened to what I wanted instead of what everyone else told me I “should” want or “should” do, I learned to accept and love myself for who I am and not who I thought I should be.

Living Out Your Passion

When we are faced with pressures from parents, friends, colleagues, and society in general, we become carbon copies of what we think we should be. We act how we think we should act. We become robotic. We lose our individuality. We lose the passion and the drive that we all have inside of us. We forget what makes ourselves tick. It affects our mental health, happiness, confidence and inner strength, which influences everything we do.

It’s time to stop living life in a way that does not resonate with us. So, once again, I challenge you to reflect on yourself. Find what it is that makes your heart sing. Find out who you are as a person and live life as your true, naked self and never stop chasing after what you truly want.

As always, if anybody has any questions or would like any guidance on these types of exercises, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Yours in health; body, mind and soul.

Dr. Julianne Donato, B.A., D.C.
Chiropractor in Burlington

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