In one of my recent Instagram posts (@adventures.with.sandy) I wrote about living each day as if it were your last, but have since felt the urge to dive deeper into this topic in a blog post.
Firstly I’d like to express how saddened I feel for the families who have lost loved ones in the recent Paris Attacks and I’m sending love through my thoughts to everyone affected.
Unfortunately there are always things you cannot control in life, and the Paris Attacks may be one of them. But one thing I’ve learned is that you absolutely can control your attitude about any situation.
Avoiding ‘the news’ is a great way to start; they do a fantastic job of negatively influencing the public. It’s like constantly being vomited on and forced to eat it. I avoid watching the news, and from experience I can almost guarantee that if something is important, someone will tell you about it.
Apart from the fear caused by the news, there is so much love flowing around social media at the moment. People have been hastaging #prayforparis while landmarks across the world have been lighting up in the French colours to show their support. This proves that unity does exist in this world and humans are good people.
I feel grateful to have left Paris just a few days before the attacks and am thankful for all the messages I received from concerned friends and family. However, now I wish for everyone to stop worrying, because it only fuels the fire and attracts more things to worry about. Instead, focus on filling your mind with love, gratitude and positive thoughts, especially in times like this.
I believe that everything happens for a reason. And I live by the quote Steve Jobs once wrote:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in [the] future.”
A Different Perspective…
I sometimes ponder on the idea that, ‘What if, what we call life is just a dream, and when we die we actually wake up?’
Now let that sink in for a minute…
“What If, what we call life is just a dream, and when we die we actually wake up?’
If this is true then does that mean that my soul will choose the right moment to wake up from this physical world? Maybe this means that what I set out to achieve in this dream state hasn’t been accomplished yet so I was meant to leave Paris before the attacks? Maybe the people involved in the tragedy were ready to wake up…? Or maybe I’ve just been watching too many Alan Watts videos on YouTube.
Either way, I choose to look at life in this perspective because it makes me feel good about my experiences.
In this day and age anything can happen ANYWHERE in the world so you shouldn’t let fear control your life, otherwise what is the point in living?
So if you’ve been looking forward to a visit to Paris in the near future but are filled with mixed emotions on whether to travel, ask yourself: ‘If this was just a dream and I were to wake up tomorrow would I go anyway?’
Don’t let terrorism stop you from travelling the world and experiencing new things.
You could spend your life constantly being scared for your safety or you could delete your fears of the unknown and start living your dreams, because you never know when this dream will end.
I know this is a hot topic flowing through social media at the moment so I aim to offer an alternative perspective and to spread the light in a time of darkness. If you liked this post, please share it…
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