It began like any other Monday.
I woke up, had breakfast, and decided to go for a walk. I was tying up my shoelaces when I heard my phone buzzing. I had several missed calls from both my Dad and brother and I had just missed another one.
I instantly knew that it was going to be one-of-those phone calls. That something was wrong. Something bad had happened.
It was. My mum was being taken to the hospital emergency room.
Long story short: She was okay — and still is now.
But this day — and the aftermath of this day — has had a powerful influence on the way I’ve chosen to show up in my life.
This experience was a bit of a wake up call for my Mum and it has initiated her to make some changes in her own life.
But it’s also done the same for me.
And ever since that day, I’ve been constantly asking myself:
I’ve been continually questioning what’s really matters to me. From how I choose to spend my life-minutes, to the work I want to do, to what I want to do/see/make happen in my lifetime. What’s really important.
I’ve been having many discussions with people in my life about this as well, particularly with my Mum.
We’ve talked about how she isn’t going to look back on her life and be grateful she worked 50+ hours some weeks, or did 10+ hour days so many times, or that she missed out on opportunities to spend time with people, to go on holidays, to do things that were important to her, and so on.
We talked about what’s actually important.
We reminisced about the moments that had stood out from the past year or so for our family… The holidays to Magnetic Island where we hiked to secluded beaches and played card games together at night. The two weeks exploring Bali, which was my younger brother’s first overseas experience. Soaking up the sun while drinking chai at our favourite local cafe. Celebrating my Mum’s birthday with ocean swims, eating the best crayfish salad (ever), getting unexpectedly rained on and laughing at my boyfriend and sister busting their dance moves on the picnic table.
We talked about what’s really important. What actually matters.
This whole realisation has made me be more intentional with my time and to honour what’s important to me.
I’ve been spending less time on the computer (and on social media) and more time ‘in’ my life. I’ve been making more of an effort to connect with the people I care about, to catch up with friends I haven’t seen in ages and to make more of an effort to spend time with my favourite people.
I’ve been saying “let’s do this!” then actually doing it.
I’ve been going to new places, doing different things, and having new experiences.
I’ve been showing up in my life more for myself — and for those around me.
I’ve been spending more time doing the things I love most.
I’ve been constantly re-evaluating what I want more of in my life — then doing it.
I’ve been making big decisions about what I want to do with my life, how I want to make a difference, and the work I want to do.
From the way I choose to spend my days, to the way I approach my work, to what I choose to do on the weekend, to how I show up in my life, everything has been guided by this one simple but profound question: What’s really important?
I know that when I look back on my life I want to feel like I spent it honouring what was important to me as much as possibly could.
What I want you to remember after reading this is that you don’t to wait until you experience your own wake up call to recognise what’s really important to you. Or you don’t need to wait until someone you know has their own wake up call to realise what’s important to you.
It’s never too late to decide what’s really important to you. Anytime is a good time to start working out what’s actually important to you — and to start living your life by it.
Because what I know for sure is that I want to spend my life — however long that may be — honouring what’s truly important to me.
How about you?
What’s really important to you?
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