Stop. Change Your Life

A Reflection

What if you want to change your life? What if you wake up and say to yourself: I don’t want to be me anymore? If you say that it is because the you that you are is not the you that you’re meant to be. You are living someone else’s life not yours. You’re living a non-person’s life because that person was never meant to be.

So, change it.

If you’re sick of reading a particular book you close it. You stop reading. The End.

As our lives are purely narrative and nothing more, can’t we do the same, just close the book? Fair enough there are props to consider: people, objects, memories. Maybe they just need rearranging? Do we hang on to a story just because the scenery is nice or because we particularly like a character? No.

Can we just say: that’s it, and begin a new life? ‘I’m prediabetic so I’m going to stop eating sugary stuff.’ Stop. That’s it, you’ve said it. ‘I’m a compassionate person so I’m going to stop eating meat.’ Stop. That’s it, you’ve said it. ‘I don’t like what I’ve become so now I’m someone else.’ Stop. That’s it, you’ve said it.

What if you want to change your life? What if you wake up and say to yourself: I don’t want to be me anymore? If you say that it is because the you that you are is not the you that you’re meant to be.

Change it.

Words are little unrealised actions. They are ideas. They are promises. An entire life can be closed and placed on a bookshelf. It’s just a story after all. Say stop. See how short that word is. As the p leaves your mouth that’s it. Old life gone new life begun. It’s as simple as that. The props of your story may take a while to sort out but that’s the first task of the new you.

Does it take strength and courage? Of course it does. Is the new you, the real you, not worth it?

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