via Daily Prompt: Promises
Humans seem to have a problem with promises. With the passing of time we seem to have stripped that word of its essence and merely left a shell with the ghost of meaning. You see, by definition a promise is something that you ought to do or ought to make sure happens. You promised after all. But nowadays, a promise goes like this “I promise this is the last time I take so long to get ready. Tomorrow I will be ready by the time you get here” And tomorrow comes and, well…
The saddest part about this, though, is that we tend to think that promises we make to ourselves are far less important. “Tomorrow I will go to the gym”, “I will not have more than two drinks at happy hour tomorrow”, “I will call my grandma tomorrow” and, needless to say, none of these promises materialize. If we valued ourselves half as much as we say we do, we would take these commitments seriously and we would make a conscious effort to ensure that we make it happen. We are important and we need to take care of ourselves first and yes, that includes keeping our promises. After all, if we don’t even keep the promises we make to ourselves, how can we expect others to keep them?
I think its time to start taking these self-made promises a bit more seriously. Chances are, they are related to self-improvement and I strongly believe that everyone would benefit from a little help and effort.
So I haven’t posted anything in over a year. Call it life, call it timing, whatever you like but the thing is that I never followed up. Well, better late than never right?
I am on vacation in Paradise right now and I mean every word. What is better for a life renewal than spending 10 days in beautiful beaches, meeting all kinds of interesting people and being several thousand miles away from home? Well, if you’re like my mom, being with my family would be bettee. If you’re like me, you relish every second away and decide to spend it on refreshing, reevaluating and reinventing yourself (not necessarily in that order).
The British Virgin Islands are kind of magical. It’s a different kind of magic than what home is. Maybe it has something to do with being on vacation but there is possibility in the air. Like you can do anything, you can be yourself, like you can be…happy. So, needless to say I go back tomorrow a new person and…hopefully, can apply my new mentality in my day to day life.
But I don’t have to say goodbye just yet. I get to enjoy one more full day here so I’ll try to make the most of it.
I was writing down ideas for my new life philosophy on the plane ride here but haven’t had the time to continue to develop them. I’ll review them later and see what else I can come up with. In the meantime, I’ll get back to refreshing my soul.
Maybe its not late into the night like I kinda promised, but I couldn’t resist. So… today’s my birthday, 21st to be exact and it has, without contest, been the best of my life. People I know and love came together just for me and there are no words to express my gratitude to everyone. I think the world could do with a tad more gratitude so here goes nothing. Thank you to everyone that has ever been there for me, thank you to everyone that I have the honor of calling friend. These are the people that make everything worth it and that love you no matter what. These are the people that not only think you’re worth spending time with, but that enjoy it. These are the people that you love to make memories with.
I take much stake in making memories because I want to have something to share. I want to have something to laugh about in the future and I want to have something to feel nostalgic about. Good times, trying times, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have someone to share it with. Consequently, I don’t think people should take their friendship choices so lightly. Sometimes you are born with your friends (figuratively) but most of the time you meet them along the way, among different paths. Some come and go, some stay awhile and some are there for the long run. They all matter, but they shouldn’t all have the same credit.
I am thankful today that I have friends I want to spend the rest of my life with. I am thankful today that amongst those friends I met a wonderful man I want to be with forever. I am thankful that I am living today with the knowledge that my life will be worth reminiscing about and that the people in those memories will always have a very special place in my heart.
Thank you all.
Just a late night thought.