What does one do when they’ve counted a million sheep but still can’t sleep?
Chances are I probably wouldn’t make much sense in this state, but you never know. I could quite possibly come up with a most profound word of wisdom that will single-handedly change the world. Sharonucius is what they’ll call me.
Lame. So lame.
It was my birthday not too long ago. While I always make sure I have the greatest time enjoying myself to no end, I always take a moment to look back on the past year to see how far I’ve come since my last birthday. “One year older, one year wiser” as they say (even if it isn’t necessarily true). There is nothing worse than remaining stagnant.
Some time back, I attended a talk by three fantastic entrepreneurs. One of them was the Chief Executive of Enterprise, and he shared something that really resonated with me: Mountain People and Valley People. Mountain people are those who continuously have their sights set on something greater, to do something different. Whatever their mountain is, they plan an expedition with every ounce of forecast possible and prepare for any eventualities. They set their sights on the summit and do not let others discourage them from their goal. When they get to the top, they have their eyes set on another peak. They are big-hearted and have the strength and resilience needed to overcome any obstacle. Valley people are those who are happy to be where they are, who say “I would’ve done that but…” or “What’s the point?”. They are those who expect a cable car to the top of the mountain and don’t have a vision beyond the valley. They are the people who try to get you down, say unkind words, and try to discourage you at every turn. They are the small-hearted, petty people who get upset about little things.
Yes, we’ve all heard the Mountain and Valley People story in one form or another. But somewhere along the line, we forget. We forget that we have what it takes to climb that mountain, as difficult as it may be. We forget that there will always be plenty of Valley People around. We forget that we may be just one step away from our final goal.
So let me tell you this.
You have what it takes no matter how daunting it may seem. Sometimes in life, it takes 10% knowledge and 90% courage. And sometimes, to kickstart this journey, you just need a reminder that there is greatness within you. It’s not about stepping out of your comfort zone, it’s about enlarging it.
There you go. My little Sharonucius moment. Not life-changing but hey, I tried. Best I can do at 3.30 in the morning.
Oh the joys of aging.
Anybody have any good tips for getting to sleep when you can’t?
Anyways, I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead! Will you be tuning in to the Royal Wedding? I plan to be glued to my couch for the entire day.
“Every journey begins with a step.” ~ Gary McEwen
Boy is it good to be back after a week away for work stuff! Though we stayed at the Marriott so I really can’t complain, it felt like a holiday to have the luxury of a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym and steam room to come back to after hammering our brains for a whole day.
In any case, due to all my busy-ness, I must confess that I’m a terrible blogger yet again for having not visited blogs as often as I would like, for not replying comments and emails (though I’ve read them all!), and for having lots to catch up on! I promise to make up for it at some point. Nothing like
bribes freebies to make people forgive you eh? *wink*
So on to blue bat wings – the strangest blog title in the world I reckon. It almost sounds like some gross exotic acquired-taste food. But it’s all in reference to a blue sheer top I bought not too long ago with massive sleeves. At this point you’re probably thinking, “Good lord, what ridiculous odd hippy style does this girl have!” And you wouldn’t be wrong there because if I could have it my way, you would find me in sweatpants all day everyday (with the odd dribble of gravy or ketchup stains).
I gave you such a bad impression with the title but it’s actually not that bad is it? Get it from River Island. And now that I’m linking you to the store, I just saw a huuuuuge SALE sign on it. This top better not be on sale. Don’t you hate it when you buy something and two weeks later you see the same thing for half price? Anyway, let me show you my “wings”.
Now the more I look at it, the more I think it looks like pterodactyl wings. I still love it because it’s sheer and flowy. Besides, you’re hardly ever going to stand like that are you? It’s just so you can see the sleeves properly.
The blue striped square scarf is from Zara. I have an unexplained obsession for anything with blue and white stripes. Anything. You name it, I own it. I’m trying hard to get rid of this stripey phase but I’ve only succumbed deeper. I better try harder or one day I would be entirely outfitted in blue and white stripes. What an awful sight that would be!
Looks great for casual wear too doesn’t it?
I ain’t no fashion inspiration, but I’m all about wearing what you like and having your own style. Only you can look great as you. Though I will need to have a word with you if you insist on wearing zebra, leopard and snake print all in one outfit. I have to draw the line somewhere.
Speaking of reptiles…
Isn’t that horrific?! I’m terrified of little lizards let alone a giant one. But thanks to my dad, I have a photo of it. The things you see at the park – you expect beautiful sweet-smelling flowers only to find a giant lizard.
Something has been playing on mind over and over for quite some time now so I thought to share it – and that is all you need to do is know what you want and go get it. Simple as.
I’ve always known to do that but what I didn’t realize was that I was letting other people’s perspectives limit me in the things I could eventually expand to do. People tell you that first you have to do this, then you have to do that, and after so many years you will get this and go on to do that. When really, you can make your own path to get there. Sometimes we allow ourselves to be controlled by our environment, our situation, our circumstances. Sometimes we try to fit ourselves into the box of what society thinks we’re meant to do. But all we need to do is to realize what we truly want, find a way to get it and discard the opinions that don’t matter. When that happens, you increase your potential to dream bigger dreams, and strive for greater heights. More so than you can ever imagine. You may travel the path less taken, but it may also be the path that brings you greater rewards than others. So don’t let the world put you in a box because that box is too small for you.
“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”
Have a most fantastic weekend!