I feel like I’ve been planning this move forever. It hasn’t been “forever” obviously, but when you are unhappy time seems to move like molasses. And neither my boyfriend or myself realized just how unhappy we were in Texas. We both stagnated there – not really wanting to be a part of the “drinking” culture or the “football” culture that runs rampant through the state.
As we drove out west, the world opened up for us. The food got better. The scenery got better. The beer and wine got better. WE got better. I never realized how important my surroundings are to me. When I am in a clean, beautiful room – I feel calm and happy. I can focus. When I am in an unpleasant environment – I feel trapped and slightly anxious all the time.
Ratna Ling begins a new chapter in my life. My hopes for these six months (and the rest of the year) are that I find joy in hard work and I adopt some fit, healthy habits to my life permanently. I will be living in the mountains, surrounded by nature and beauty. I’ll be doing yoga every morning (well, almost every morning) and learning meditation techniques in the evening. I’ll be eating a vegetarian diet for the first time in my life, and I’ll have time to take walks along the beautiful California Coast. I’m excited that we leave today. I’ve had an outstanding time visiting my old haunts here in The Bay, but it’s time to get down to the business at hand.
People often say to me, “I wish I could do what you do.” My response is always the same. “Why don’t you?” Don’t let anything stand in the way of your happiness. And, your happiness is your own responsibility. I don’t have a lot of money. Heck, I don’t have any money, but I don’t let that stop me from pursuing my goals and dreams. You shouldn’t either.
Excuses are for ordinary people. Be extraordinary.