Take it easy. Three simple words that carry so much meaning.
I was catching up with a good friend last night and woke up this morning feeling inspired. In a few words, they gave me some great advice that I am going to hold myself to moving forward: Take it easy, give yourself a break.
Simple, right? But for someone like me who is (admittedly) an extremely anxious hypochondriac, this is easier said than done. After talking to my friend last night it dawned on me that, since I can remember, life has thrown me curveballs left and right. Some have been slow underhand tosses, but a few have been 90 mph fastballs that knocked me on my ass.
I turn 26 tomorrow. So naturally I’ve been introspective, trying to figure out why I act the way I do or why I react to situations in certain ways. Upon reflection, a lot of it makes sense. My mind has been conditioned to deal with a steady state of turmoil, constantly solving issues and moving past obstacles. Maybe this is why I haven’t really been able to “give myself a break” as my friend so benignly put it.
One of my mom’s all-time favorite bands was The Eagles and as I write this post I can’t help but sing “Take it easy”. The lyrics are actually quite powerful when you think about it:
Take it easy, take it easy.
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.
Lighten up while you still can, don’t even try to understand.
Just find a place to take your stand, and take it easy.
Don’t get me wrong here, this isn’t going to be a sob story. Despite the hardships I’ve faced throughout my life, I’ve also had an amazing amount of successes and triumphs. I’ve worked hard for everything I have accomplished and have gotten to where I am today because of my own resilience and determination. So as I sit here on my last day as a 25-year-old, I am vowing to make a change. Vowing to look at life differently and learn to appreciate the little things. Vowing to love myself and to accept others for who they are. I am vowing to be a better friend, a better family member, a better coworker, and most importantly…a better person.
With that, I’d like to share a list of some of my new favorite things. The last year has had its ups and downs but I’ve come across a few things that really make me smile. I think that’s as good a place to start as any :)
Favorite quote: Beneath the makeup and behind the smile, I am just a girl who wishes for the world – Marilyn Monroe.
Oh, Marilyn. She will forever be one of my favorite icons. Not only was she stunningly beautiful, and a REAL woman, but she wasn’t afraid to be true to herself even if it meant that not everyone liked her. I really admire her outspoken personality and courage to be herself.
Favorite new style: red lipstick and skinny jeans.
I have to admit, up until a few months ago I was terrified of dawning either of these. But they’ve both grown on me and now I just can’t get enough. I think it has something to do with me being more comfortable and confident in my own skin – which is always a good thing. Today, I own several shades of red and countless skinny jean colors – thank you Target!
Favorite song: Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Seriously, awesome. This is really hard for me considering I have a ton of new songs I’m obsessed with these days, like Skindred’s The Fear, but Imagine Dragons really know how to put a smile on my face.
Favorite way to wake up: birds chirping outside my window
As the warmer weather approaches, a little family of birds in the tree outside my window has decided that they will be my new alarm clock. Oddly enough, the more I wake up to them the more pleasant their songs become. There’s something very soothing about listening the first chirps of the morning and the harmony growing as the minutes pass. Now, don’t get me wrong, these little songs are not my favorite tune on Saturday and Sunday mornings. But for the other 5 days of the week, I’ve actually found myself laying in bed just to listen…and its quite peaceful.
Favorite Pandora station: The Gorillaz
For those of you who know me well, you know that music is one of my greatest passions. Without fail I will jam out in my car, the shower, even at my desk at work. Some of the most transient music I’ve come across has been on my new Gorillaz Pandora station. If you’re a fan, you would definitely check it out.
Favorite getaway: Beachtown
OK – some of you might be thinking, “Really, Galveston? Why would this be anyone’s idea of a great getaway?” But to be honest, its become one of my favorite vacation spots. Not only is it just a short 45 minute drive, but the East end of the island is home to a cool new neighborhood called Beachtown. It’s the only part of the island where the beach is actually getting wider vs. smaller. Its clean, clandestine and stunningly beautiful. The houses are absolutely gorgeous and its proximity to the Strand is a must (especially since they got rid of open-container laws). If you get a chance to drive around it on your next trip to the Coast, you definitely should.
Favorite new bar: Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge
Rarely will you ever find me roaming downtown, but a friend introduced me to this great new bar and I just love it. Its super hidden and really hard to find, which I personally think is one of its most appealing qualities. You walk up a dark, sketchy stairwell with the music being the only indicator of where the front door is. Once you get inside, don’t bother asking the bartender for a menu because they don’t have one. Just tell him what you like and he’ll concoct something original that will tantalize your taste buds. Definitely worth a visit!
So with that, my friends, I hope I have given you some fun new things to check out. Just writing this post has been extremely therapeutic and refreshing. I think I’m on the right track here.