“I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do.” -Audre Lorde
By: Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo
Recently, I was having a conversation about birthdays and life in general. As the dialogue continued, I was asked a simple, yet loaded, question, “Are you living your best life?”
Man down! Hold the phone! Until then, I'd never really thought about "my best life." I scrolled through my mental Twitter feed, and thought of things that made me smile: trips I had taken with family and friends, closing a deal, love, my dog, and a number of things that will go down as epic moments in my memoirs. BUT does this list of things equate to living my BEST LIFE?
It has been over a month, and that question is still piercing my thoughts day and night. I pose the same question to you: Are You Living Your Best Life? Unfortunately, I can't sit here, Game of Thrones Style, and create an edict on five ways to live your best life. I cannot answer that question for you, because it is your life. The good news is, if you aren’t living your best life, you still have time!
Perhaps we can figure this out together. Allow me to pose a few questions that will require you some self-awareness and introspection: Some might say living one’s best life is receiving breakfast in bed on a private flight to Thailand. I must admit that’s not a bad way to live, but it’s not what I am referring too. If you never travel to Thailand on a private jet you can still be happy and fulfilled.
What I mean instead is:
- Are you constantly stressed out? Are you eating healthy?
- Do you have a strong support system?
- Do you like your job/career?
- Do you like the place you call home?
- Do you make time for your hobbies?
I believe that living our best life involves making edits to aspects of our lives that we have the power to change. A wise woman once said, “I’m a grown woman; I do whatever I want.” We hold so much power to make change in our lives, but oftentimes fear holds us back. Being a leader can be hard, but as you begin this week, think about what it means to have a life worth living. Taking our seat at the table also requires us to be fully in charge of our own tables. Find ways to take control of your life, by leading it in a direction which allows you to live life to the fullest. Take time out and access what is important to you, and make tiny steps toward finding what your "best" life is.
Don’t forget to join us this Friday as we discuss the power of leadership in our monthly #memocareerchats on Twitter. This week we’re joined by Kishau Rogers, Technology Entrepreneur. Cheers to a great week!