23 AND FEELING FREE!
Last week I had my 23rd birthday…
Compared to every other year, this birthday was definitely one of the most memorable I’ve ever had. I spent the week travelling around Tasmania with my love; getting swept away by the icy cold winds, going on hiking adventures and experiencing a part of my home country that I hadn’t yet before.
It was unforgettable, to say the very least… And I think (no, I know) that it all came down to the fact that for the first time in my life, I felt totally and utterly free.
Not physically as such, more in a mindful sense.
As I’ve said numerous times before, this past year has been dedicated to self-growth, focusing on mindfulness and concentrating on the things that I’m passionate about – regardless of other people’s opinions.
I was once a person that was obsessed with ‘things’, rather than experiences. I used to be so excited about my birthday because people were celebrating my life and showering me with gifts… But over the last couple of years, that has totally changed.
My main intention for going away this year, was honestly to escape all of that. To focus on experiences instead of possessions, and to remind myself that living minimally and mindfully is still a goal that I’m striving to achieve.
This year, instead of focusing on how many people said happy birthday to me on Facebook, I was driving around magical Australia and embracing every moment like it was going to be my last – no joke.
I was with my favourite person on the planet, I was surrounded by nature and so much Australian beauty, and unlike a lot of my other birthdays, I couldn’t have felt more grateful to have lived another year on this earth.
Being 23 is extremely young if you want to think literally, but even getting to this stage of life is something that millions may never have the chance to experience… And I will never be able to take that for granted.
Life is an absolute privilege – especially the one I live – and I am so thankful to be at a place in my life where I can recognize that and use it wisely. I don’t know that I’ve ever been this content with who I am, where I am, and what I’m setting out to achieve. I understand my purpose and how lucky I am to be in such a beautiful position.
Between my 22nd and 23rd birthday, on the outside nothing drastic really changed. I stayed in the same career, I stayed in the same location and I still look exactly the same… The difference has come entirely from the inside.
My mind is calm and totally at ease, I’m not thinking about the future, I’m not chasing acceptance, I’m just trying to be myself and live more consciously in the present.
Feeling free isn’t about having no responsibility and no care, it’s about learning to be content with exactly who you are, not caring about anyone else’s opinion and always being your true authentic self.
Practising mindfulness and gratitude is a life changer, you can trust me on that.
Here’s to another lap around the sun ❂
[ READ NEXT: Mindfulness Travel: Something to think about! ]
Like it? PIN IT!