I always find it interesting looking back at my old notebooks. Tiny to do list here and there, due dates for assignments/events, bits and pieces of info I randomly wrote down in hopes of including in my teachers college applications and random chicken scratch/ doodles in every corner that had space. I even saved the last few pages of one of my notebooks for everyone that got on my nerves and things I absolutely hated. That section of my notebook has always remained out of bounds (expect for my best friend of course, love you Meliss!). Sometimes even I'm caught off guard when I come across those pages (hehe... oops).
I love going through my old notebooks and reminiscing about the months that have passed. I silently laugh at myself reading all my to do lists because only after do I realize how ridiculously stressed out I sometimes get for absolutely no reason. I would find the same 5 things written down over and over and over again. I swear, I put pressure on myself for no reason. I also know I'm not the only one who does that. How great would it be to look at old notebooks and see less to do lists and more of what you were thinking months ago. No, not a journal or anything but just the little things that you thought about, wanted to improve on, things that made you happy, things you were grateful for in that exact moment, etc.
As people we focus on the negatives so often. We fixate on all the things that can go wrong, all the things we need to get done, and we fill ourselves with stress. Don't get me wrong, stress and challenge is motivating (that's why I'm so keen on writing things in my notebook. I love scaring myself with all the different things I have yet to accomplish so I will get off my ass and actually do something). However, it's equally (if not more) important to sit back and realize the things you are grateful for, the things you have accomplished, the things that make you happy, and the things you are CURRENTLY in love with (I say currently, because things do change). I know we are all aware that the little things make the big things, but how often do we remind ourselves of all the aspects of our lives that are already perfect? I know I hardly ever do. I think it'd be pretty awesome to flip through some pages of my notebook and see more happy and hopeful scribbles for a change.
So to change it up a little, here are #thingsilove:
I think I am going to frame this and post it somewhere above my desk. I encourage all of you to take at least ten seconds out of your life and write down some of the things that make you absoloutely happy. Maybe I'll make this an every Monday morning thing or maybe I won't. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
A 24 year old Canadian living (& teaching) in Shenzhen, China.