Words I connect to essential are "necessary", "important", and "essence of". What is my essence? What are the essential things necessary to making me, me? Last night I was going through some things and I found my journal from 7th grade. I was 12?13? In it I'd written lists and poetry in pink, glittery gel-pen. I was always a list maker. The first 10 pages of the book is a list of "My favorites". The list ranges from my favorite television show to my favorite teacher. Surely at the time I felt like I couldn't live without some of these things--like my favorite magazine (YM), or my favorite website (toss up between Neopets and Gurl.com?).As I thought back, I remembered times in high-school when I felt it absolutely necessary to be attached to my cell phone at all times or I felt I couldn't live without my favorite bag; or in college when the only way I could think of to stay sane between piano practice, essay deadlines, difficult classes & dealing with roommates (who may have not been my favorite people) was a hot shower, a scented candle, and a power nap. All of this really got me thinking about Necessity. What are the things in my life that I feel are essential to feeling alive , to staying sane, to keeping me going right now, to feeling like myself. So here is what I came up with:
Truth // Art// Alone Time// Quiet // Music // Family // Support // Mental Stimulation // Candles // Regular Meals // Breathing // Darkness // Learning // Taking Risks // Self-Motivation // Making lists // Self-Expression // Feeling Connected // Focus // Smiling & Laughter // Sun // Singing // Moving on // Facing Fears // A good cry // Lightheartedness // Taking Care of Myself // Being Challenged // Eating Fruits & Veggies // Good Health // Having a Clear Mind // Change (a welcoming attitude toward it) // Self-Affirmations & My own Approval (and not seeking too much of it from others) // Dreaming // Staying Grounded // Not being so hard on myself // Getting over & moving passed defeat // Working // Feeling // Rest & Relaxation // Freedom // God .
My key word for this week is Change. I know that I'm growing and changing constantly and my essentials will change with me--but working all of this out in my head made me realize that, I haven't felt like myself lately. I won't get too specific, but here is this week's challenge: This week I will honor one of my essentials by... making a small change in my daily routine (baby steps...)
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