Do you ever forget who you are? I never thought it could happen to me. In fact, I was so busy knowing who I was that I didn’t even realize that I was lost.
As you may have noticed, I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection lately. And one of the things I’ve discovered during all of this thinking, is that it’s actually significantly easier to lose yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of life than you might think.
Every day we get caught up in relationships, routines, and errands, and our lives are led at a hectic pace. When was the last time you stopped and took stock of it all?
For me it happened when I got sick, and I had little else to do than sit on my butt and ponder the mysteries of the universe. (I haven’t gotten very far on that one…) But I did discover that somewhere along the line I had started to lose my focus.
Part of me even thinks that’s why I got sick. It was the universe’s way of telling me I was going the wrong direction.
The other day I read a quote that said, “Focus on what has always been essentially you.” Although I read it and liked it at the time, it was only after sitting with that thought for a few days that the concept really started to blossom inside me.
What is essentially me?
Music. I love music. It’s part of my soul. If it weren’t for music, I’m not sure I could exist! My car radio died the other day and I almost couldn’t go anywhere – what’s a drive without singing along to the radio??
It’s a part of my best – and worst – memories. There are songs I can’t listen to without flashing back to the hallways of high school, old boyfriends, or friends who used to play them on repeat.
If someone asked me to describe myself, it would be a million times easier if I could just play them a few of my favorites songs.
Once I realized this, I hopped on to the computer and made myself a playlist full of songs that make me feel the most like…me, and I’ve been listening to it whenever I need a little motivation. It turned out to be quite a long list!
Here’s a(n extremely) condensed version of my “Essentially Andrea Playlist” (hence the pt. one at the top – you may see a follow up one day). I tried not to pick too many songs I’ve already shared with you. I hope you enjoy!
What is essentially you? Which artists or songs would be on your “Essentials Playlist”? What is your favorite thing to do when you’re trying to get your groove back?