10 Year Increments of Adulting Up
My life seemed to be made up of 10 year increments of what I call life stages, composed of a multitude of very crucial moments for me. All of those phases were each significant in their own way. But that which I feel was the greatest phase, wherein I became a student of “Me-how University” was in the last decade. It was the most tumultuous time period because it provided the most information I would need to sum up and connect the dots, and I entered into a new life of self-awareness, understanding and awakening.
Those last 10 years helped me make the shift from a life borrowed from others to a life styled for me by me. As opposed to my years as a child, I’d say those latter years were actually my “growing up” ones. In retrospect I think that all of these life stages of development were important because I learned many things about myself in increments.
In fact, that is what has built and shaped me today. Every little conversation, every little perception, every little thought or feeling created my network of beliefs and values. My evolving mindset continually shaped how I moved through my experiences and affected the way I perceived each and every one of them. And it took quite a bit of confronting, examining, releasing and embracing of that whole journey, to eventually lead me to an apex of self discovery. I finally could feel and know that I had graduated through a multitude of incremental defining moments of growth. Until I got to that point, I became determined to finally live life my way. I was able to cast away the Quasimodo burden I carried on my back once and for all. With self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-assurance, self-efficacy, self love, and a expanding self esteem, I finally have a foundation to stand upon and just go and pursue what makes my heart sing. I went from surviving to thriving with passion, and of course the journey never ends as potential never does. Just like that empty canvas or plain piece of paper.
I have taken my lessons through experiences, learned and grew, and used it to shape, fold and bend my life to my will, whims, and wishes. And that’s what I refer to as Life Origami.