There are few days that I wake up absolutely certain,

that I’m going to be my best self & make the most of that day.

I would LOVE for me waking up every day “carpe diem” to be the case,
but in my humanity I have yet to find the drive to do so.
Most days seem like one big tumble weed,
a bunch of randomness being rolled into one & just calling it a day.
Not a bad day, not a good day, just a day.
Even in California,
which I embarrassingly enough glorified in my mind
as the impossible for it to feel like “just a day” days,
experienced  them.

“The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.” Gordon B. Hinckley

Of course I feel the need to clarify that I enjoy the ordinary and the extraordinary.
 It’s not the ordinary day that’s the issue
 I get ordinary,
 there’s a need for the ordinary to magnify the extraordinary.
likewise there’s the extraordinary in the ordinary.
 on the ordinary/extraordinary days alike I wanna wake up excited to do what makes me come alive.
today,
i woke.
that is extraordinary.
today,
I decided to write a blog post about our trip in California,
that is ordinary.
yet waking up & being able to write
makes for acquiescing my yearning to come alive, not simply existing just another day.
” to LIVE is the rarest thing in the world. Most people simply exist that is all” Oscar Wilde
one of the few things that inexplicably makes me come ALIVE.
when I write it  makes me feel most myself, like I’m really LIVING
 and however that may sound to you,I know I’m not alone in that sentiment
often I take time to study the greats
great writers that inspire me
They’re  are
poetic,
 illustrative,
philosophical,
contemplative,
controversial,
 thought provoking
 writers who present feeling and thoughts and fears and joys transparently.

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at,

what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” Joan Didion

These thoughts of mine – much like life- can get muddled and blurred oh so quickly,
 thus I write for clarity & for that incomparable feeling of doing something
 that makes you giddy to jump out of bed in the morning, and start any day.
Some days I am waking up in California to celebrate my birthday by going skydiving,
others we are laughing around a fire after watching Inside Out,
some are filled with dancing as we celebrate our friends getting married,
and others we are sitting at our moms house writing about how writing makes you come alive.
But if everyday, we can do the things that make us come alive,
 then there will be no more days that are ” just another day” 
but the  extraordinary will be the ordinary.
of all the things to do daily that fall under the extraordinary & ordinary
I’m finding more and more ,
the best days of our lives,
are the ones that consist of us doing that which makes us jump out of bed in the morning
{ which is no easy feet for this lover of late nights & sleeping in},
so GO find it.
get on it.
write your heart out,
or crunch numbers
or public speak
or advocate
or educate
or create
or plan
or dance
or serve
or organize.
It looks different for all of us,
not all of us are wired to write,
but I believe all of us are wired with the desire
 to wake up & go to bed with the mentality
that whether the day was a good day or a bad day,
we spent the day being our truest self doing what makes us come alive.
Instead of doing one thing every day that scares you,
lets do one thing everyday that awakens us to LIVE.

Post Author: Thressa Irving

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