My darling daughters of the world,
In a world where we are often pressured to do it all – perfectly and all at once – it is easy to feel as though there is no time to rest; there is no time to go back to school; there is no time to pray; there is no time for fun. You are both correct and mistaken, for when it feels like there is absolutely no time for yourself – time to do the things that evoke a happier, healthier, better version of yourself – it is especially then you need to make the time. Set aside time to restore balance in your very busy life. Set an intention to taken time off, disconnect from technology, spend time with your family, get enough sleep, meditate, and reconnect with yourself.
Remember, my strong, independent girls, that while you may be capable of doing it all – work, play and family – and it may be expected of you, you ultimately have the final say. You do not have to do it all today. Give yourself emotional permission to focus on the things that give you more time tomorrow. Give yourself permission to reserve time today to take great care of you. Give yourself permission to call on the support of others – your friends, family, and community. You are not on the journey alone. Ask for help when you need it.
Do not forget to take life one day at a time. There is only so much you can do today. Some days you will tick all of the boxes and feel wildly accomplished; other days you will feel completely overwhelmed and not at all in control. And that is okay. Smile and pat yourself on the back on the great days and, on the hard days, take deep breaths, dig deep, and push on through for better times are around the bend.
While rest will be vital to restoring balance in the busyness of your life, self-discipline will also play its part. Commit yourself to your everyday responsibilities, your career, your family, and your religion, for everything you do now is for your future self. I challenge you, girls, to be brave enough to stand up fr the life you want and align the choices you make every day with that vision of who you want to be and where you want to go. It is not too late to change the course of your life. The past will always be the past, but your future is yet to be determined.
Allow yourself to be led by your dreams and pursue with passion the goals you have set for yourself. No matter how farfetched or outrageous your dreams may seem, do not be held back by your fear of failure. If you believe you can accomplish your goals, you are already halfway there.
If nothing else, do not forget to play while you journey through this life, for it is the moments you laughed hardest you will remember the most.
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Written for Girl on Purpose, an eBook of 52 inspiring essays written by women around the world covering universal virtues accepted around the world, across multiple cultures and religions, such as generosity, excellence, patience, service, unity. Above is the chapter I wrote on moderation: creating a healthy balance between work and play, rest and exercise.
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