one answer

There was a time in my life when I was obsessed with philosophy, religion and seeing how other people viewed the world. I was still exploring and shaping my own belief system at the time and I am naturally curious. However, that was really overwhelming. As it turns out there are an incredible number of ways to navigate the world that we live in whether your core beliefs stem from religion, philosophy, a healthy skepticism, spirituality, self help books or some combination of them all. I have read something from someone in every single one of those categories. Even though they seem as if they are worlds apart they all have one message: love.

That sounds incredibly cheesy but it is true. I love absorbing knowledge like a sponge but I got to a point where I knew I couldn’t possibly cover all of the different belief systems out there about what life means, what we are doing here, what we are meant to do, what we are meant to think, who we are meant to worship, how to end suffering… you know, all of those hard hitting existential questions. Then one day it just popped into my head “the answer is, always has been, and always will be love“.

When I am frustrated with something I just remind myself of how grateful I am to even be here experiencing such a wide range of emotions and realities. That is just loving your life. All of those books in the “spirituality” section of the bookstore about keeping some sort of gratitude list, it is all about being in love with your present. When my parents drive me insane, I just pause, loving them and accepting them for who they are. I instantaneously feel better. When I am confused by myself or my body (just got off birth control and it has been a rollercoaster) I just love and accept myself. It all melts away. Love yourself, others, your life, etc. It is like this calming and soothing feeling that overtakes me and I just feel safe. It is as if nothing can truly harm me if I am in love with everything that happens and surrounds me.

This is far easier said than done at first but I have had so much practice. There was just a pivotal point in my life where I realized and felt for the first time that I had a choice in how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. I choose to spend loving every single second of it no matter what it is. It is also lovely to be around people who radiate that loving energy. There is no reason not to love everything showing up for you because everything is a gift. Being here is a gift. Don’t waste it.

with love, katie

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