Not many people have the luxury of removing themselves from the outside world for a period of time.
Sometimes do you ever think, “I wish I could just stop and work on my soul for a while?”
I did, too.
Due to the stresses of everyday life- career, family, friends, or even politics and the media- we are driven to relieve ourselves. The pressures can be too much for us to handle. Whether it’s through exercise, hobbies, food, or addictions, outside stress relievers can help us get through our struggles- some much healthier than others.
I’ve had my fair share of relief, from productive methods such as creative endeavors to destructive ones, which included abusing alcohol, mindlessly dating, and overindulging in Dunkin Donuts.
I’ve worked in jobs I’ve despised so much that I could barely eat. I’ve overexercised, become manic when working on my writing projects, and lashed out at people I’ve loved. Whether damaging my mental, physical, or spiritual self, I’ve found vices in so many ways that I didn’t even realize I was hurting myself and others in the process.
So, after years of “the grind,” I stopped.
I gave myself a break.
It’s been 50 days since I’ve put down the alcohol, left my old apartment, and asked for help. I got the support I needed, moved to a healthier environment, began writing again, and started a few new projects.
I haven’t worked since August, and that’s okay. My work right now is on the inside. I’ve grown stronger in more ways than I ever thought possible, and I’ve learned to deal with the underlying emotions I never knew I had.
When you eliminate the distractions and stresses of everyday culture, you’re able to focus on what what matters and will truly help you succeed- building a solid foundation within. Nothing on the outside will make you whole; you must find that on your own- inside your soul.
The world may tell you success is all about accomplishments, money, a big house, or that job promotion, but I can confirm that none of those things filled my own void or made me happy; first, you must find peace inside yourself.
So, if you ever have the time to take a break, look within, and learn what fuels your own soul, I highly recommend it. I promise, your life will never be the same. 💞🧘🏼♀️