The idea of living on a path, continuously created by you
In the past little while, I’ve been thinking about my blog and why I continue to write it. After talking to a few people in the industry and getting some advice, I’ve come to a realization that my blog needs a purpose and place in the age where everyone has a blog. Without giving up the topics I love to write about, I could see a redirection. Everything I write about leads back to how it has helped me grow and live life actively instead of passively. This helped spark my new blog purpose, running with the idea of Persistently Living.
We’re all breathing human beings. By definition, we’re all living. But there’s a difference between living by body function, and actually living a life on a path you continue to create for yourself.
Persistently Living means that you’re constantly creating a life that you love. To persistently live makes you feel as though you are doing more than just passing through daily motions.
When I Wasn’t Persistently Living
For a number of years, I feel like I was one of those people living by doing the daily routine and immersing myself in mundane actions just to make it through to the next day. I think it’s partially being a Millennial and having the mid-life crisis way earlier than in mid-life, and partially because I, like many Canadians, have Major Depressive Disorder and Social Anxiety (there’s a full post on this here) . The less I had to actively think about in a day, the easier it was to passively live through the day.
But I also think I suffered a lot by passively living. I wasn’t doing anything to actively chase my goals, change my life or enjoy my life. To live each day, is something I now continuously work towards.
Getting Into a Persistently Living Mindset
It sounds counterintuitive—how can you work towards something that happens naturally? Well, it means that you need to continuously evaluate where you are today and how you feel about it in comparison to what you still want to do in the future and what you’ve already done in the past. In other words, teach yourself perspective.
You can learn a lot about yourself by mapping out your life and all the things that you’ve done and the things you still want to do. It gives you a great sense of purpose and direction when you otherwise feel like a floundering fish.
I know there’s probably some people out there who don’t believe in having a path through life, but guess what…that’s still a path! By actively deciding you want to live spontaneously, you’re giving yourself the direction to be live in the moment. And then there’s people like me, who tend to be on the opposite side of the scale…planning it all out! But that doesn’t mean there isn’t ever a moment of balance between the two. Understanding who we are and what makes us progress is all part of persistently living.
When Persistently Living Means Embracing the Negatives
Some days, persistently living also means that you need to accept and work through the struggles of life. I can’t count how many days (and weeks) I’ve woken up feeling as though my world was shattering because of school, employment or relationships. There’s times when I wish I had the power to be invisible for a few hours or to drop off the map. And yes, as counter-intuitive as it is, you sometimes need these days to help you regain your focus and realize that it’s okay not to be okay all the time. Persistently living includes the mindset that you can be a human with breakdowns and setbacks. But his doesn’t ever mean you should completely give up on what you want in life. There’s always a new day to create and a path to create ahead of you!
I guess this is me saying that persistently living helps me create a life that I’m happy to say is 100% authentically mine and proud of, which is why it’s the new focus of my blog.
With this new focus on my blog, I’ll continue to write about topics that I am passionate about, but with a perspective that I hope will help you—my blog readers and other persistently living people—create a life that you want to be living no matter the path it takes you to get there and how many times you need to reevaluate.
Here’s what you can expect from my blog going forward:
I’ll be sharing posts on lifestyle and mental health.
Someone who is persistently living works to create a lifestyle that supports their overall wellbeing and mental health.
From my experience, these areas complement each other because part of supporting your mental health comes from your lifestyle. What you do in your life and how you choose to spend your time will reflect in your general wellbeing. I’ll be sharing ways you can balance out a hectic life and ways to cope with a few mental health problems that I’m familiar with from my own experience—depression, social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
I’ll also be sharing posts about personal style.
Someone who is persistently living goes through life developing and creating their style to reflect who they are and who they want to be in life.
Personal Style is more than the surface of what people see based on your clothes and makeup—although it is part of it. Personal Style is all about embracing who you are and being comfortable in your body regardless of race, size or identity. It’s an ongoing development that makes me excited to examine my personal style and helps others on the path to finding their personal style. I’ll be sharing ways that I’m developing my personal style and ways that you can develop your personal style and confidently embrace who you are.
And of course, I’ll be sharing posts on books and media
Someone who is persistently living indulges in the worlds created by books and media, connects to the message or connects to others to have an enriched perspective of life.
Books and media take up a substantial amount of time in all our lives. I’m someone who spends their spare time reading books, comic books, and navigating through various media like movies, TV shows, Netflix, and of course, social media. I think books and media are inescapable, but they’re also what keeps people connected and can provide a perspective from what life is like in someone else’s shoes. I’ll be sharing what I’m currently reading, watching or interacting with to spark a conversation about the perspectives learned or takeaways from the world of books and media that can help you work towards the life you want to create.
Persistently Living Community
Let me know what you think of this redirection of my blog and if you’ll be incorporating this mentality in your approach to living.