Tomorrow is Promised to No One
Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation that is less than satisfying. But we stay, hoping that we can make changes that will bring improvement. Afterall, having patience and commitment are very admirable traits, and things worth having often take a great deal of effort and work to achieve and maintain. But what happens when the dissatisfaction seems to continue growing until you’re truly unhappy—and the months have turned into years? What happens when you’ve done everything you can do and nothing has improved? Do you still continue to pursue something that truly isn’t working for you anymore?
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Fear of the Unknown
For many of us, fear of the unknown is scarier than the prospect of remaining forever unhappy. We think, “What if I leave this relationship and I never find another partner?” “What if I leave this job and I can’t find a better one?” “What if I move out of this town to a new town and I hate it there?” Yet, you’re miserable in the relationship/job/town you’re in. Life passes too quickly to remain in a situation that makes you feel horrible. Before you know it, years have passed that you will never get back again.
Lessons and Growth
Granted, every situation brings you lessons and growth—especially if it’s a situation that you are not happy with. Chances are you will leave the situation a wiser, stronger person with a lot more insight than you started with. When we have to leave the safety of the nest and make that leap into the unknown and out of our comfort zone, we will either fly or grow wings on the way down.
Your Cup is Empty
Staying in a situation where you feel hopeless can lead to many other stress-related problems, both physically and emotionally. You may struggle with guilt—you’re considering doing what’s best for you, but you’re also possibly letting someone else down. But remember this: If your cup is empty, you have nothing to give to anyone else. It is not selfish to take care of yourself and your needs first.
When the Time is Right
How do you know when it’s time to leave that comfort zone? Let your heart be your guide. Look deeply into what you really want and what you want your life to contain. You will know when it’s time. You may be terrified of leaving what you know to enter unknown terrain. But your heart’s nudges will become louder and louder until it’s a calling that you can no longer ignore.
The Path to Fulfillment
The results of making that leap can be astounding and radically life changing, leading to fulfillment. Following your heart’s desire to true happiness is a risk you have to take, otherwise you may end up living a bitter and resentful life in a situation where you can never fully bloom.
One of my friends, Louise, a single mom with a small daughter, was working in a fast-paced corporate job. The job paid well and had many benefits; for many it would be a dream job. However, it was never what Louise wanted. For many years, Louise had dreamed of leaving the corporate world to live a slower, more rural life. She wanted to move to a rural part of the country and live off the land. She wanted a more organic lifestyle for her and her daughter. It was her heart’s desire. She wanted to grow her own food and build her own home.
Pretending to Be Happy
The day finally did arrive when she realized that she could no longer pretend to be happy in the corporate world; every part of her ached for the life that she dreamed of. She knew she would never have it as long as she stayed in her corporate job. Louise decided to go for it. She quit the job and moved to the country. Then she took odd jobs to pay the bills, all the while keeping her eye on her goal. She connected with like-minded people who shared her same vision of how she wanted her life to be. In this process, she met her life partner, a wonderful man who shared her vision. Together they bought a piece of land in rural America. They are now building a home together on their land. They have a totally organic lifestyle.
Louise still works hard, but it is work that makes her very, very happy. She has a loving partner now and she is teaching her daughter the values that are so very dear to her. Louise is happier than she’s ever been in her life and all because she was willing to take a chance and leave her comfort zone. In photos, she looks like a different person now; she absolutely glows with happiness. Was it scary? Yes. She didn’t know exactly how things would unfold but she knew she had to go for it or be forever stuck in an environment that did not nurture her soul. Was it worth it? Yes, beyond any doubt.
Tomorrow is Promised to None
The only time that is truly promised to us is right now—this moment. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is promised to none. You must understand what gives you joy and reach for it. Moving towards happiness and joy may mean that you have to leave some “stable” things behind. Sometimes that means it’s time to end a relationship or leave a job or move to a new location. Sometimes it can be on a smaller scale, like learning a new hobby, making new friends or learning a new skill. It is said that at the end of life people do not regret the things they did, but rather, they regret the things that they did not have the courage to do. Don’t get to the end of your life with dreams left unfulfilled. Listen to your heart, follow your joy and live a life of no regrets.