Living in a city is something I never thought I would do. From an early age, I loved the thought of living in a small, quiet, and southern town. However, as I came to find my passion and love for the sports industry I quickly realized I would have to put my reservations about city life behind me.
I have been in the city for a little less than a month and while I love so many aspects of Washington D.C., there are certain components that I have begun to wrestle with.
Everywhere I look, people are constantly “going”, there is always something happening, and the distance between the have and have nots is a notable size. This mixed with my perfection tendencies, has created internal turmoil.
You see, so many of us, especially in our twenties, are constantly consumed with the next phase in our life: getting a job, getting promoted, buying a house, buying a car, getting married, having children or whatever the next thing may be. It is so easy to become wrapped up in creating a life for ourselves that evolves on things seen from the outside that we may often forget about creating a life internally, for our souls. These next phases are great, but if you don’t slow down and stop to look around at your life, you may be missing a huge fundamental component.
Take myself for example. Recently I got a new job, and moved to a somewhat new city all within a two week period. Instantly I threw myself into becoming involved with a social calendar and trying to get connected with people within my network. This is all fine and well, however, it has really been some time since I have focused on my internal life. I noticed lately, I keep feeling a little disappointed when things in my outward life don’t go as planned.
There are many ways we can create a life that feels good on the inside. I challenge you to take some time to figure out what you can do to help improve your internal being. Below are some of the ways I am going to try and improve my “inside” life.
- Turn off my cell phone once I am in my apartment for the evening
- Bi-Weekly dinner at my parents’ house
- Find a cause to volunteer for within Washington D.C.
- Journal every day (or every other) on daily struggles and how to improve them
- Keep a monthly goal list
- Pray more
Sure having “it all” on the outside makes us feel good, but that is only a temporary feeling. A true happiness and appreciation from life comes from the inside out.