Do what you love, and love what you do

I’ve been asked quite a few times, “What do you do to keep yourself from going crazy?”  My answer to this question is always the same:  “Hobbies.”  After this, the conversation continues in the same way no matter who I am talking to:

“Is there anything you do that makes you feel really at peace with yourself and makes you forget about everything else?”

“No.”

“Everyone has something, you should try to find what works for you.”

“Yeah, I guess.”

This is very simple advice and is easier said than done, but the point that I try to make when a friend asks me this question is deeper.  When I feel overwhelmed with life’s challenges, the only thing that I have found I can do is to escape the stress by diving into activities that make me forget the world.  I’m fortunate to have found more than one such pastime.  Photography may be my favorite, because there is nothing more calming to me than grabbing my camera and walking out into nature (though in times when I am feeling more irritated than overwhelmed it helps more to sit myself in front of my Playstation for a few hours instead).  Passions like these are important.  How are you supposed to enjoy life when you dwell on the negatives?  When you find something that you do for yourself and love so profoundly, it makes life worth all of the irritants.

I’m not saying that you should drop several hundred dollars on a camera and trek out in to the woods, but it is important for you to have something that makes the world stop turning for a few hours, or even just a few minutes.  If you feel as though you do not have a passion that does this for you then maybe you are lucky, because this means you have the universe at your finger tips waiting to be explored.  You never know what it could be that your soul is drawn to, so try everything.  Try cooking, try writing, try running, try carpentry, try playing an instrument, try volunteering, try anything you can think of.  Try everything you’ve always wanted to try and everything that you have never considered.  Not only will you learn more about yourself on the journey, but it is rewarding to find the passion that allows your soul to silence your mind.  When you learn how to let go of your stressors and fill your time with things that move you, you will become a happier person who is more in love with life and with yourself than you thought you could be.  This is my promise to you.

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Allons-y!

I’m sure many people can relate to the idea of being unpopular.  Well, no, unpopular might not be the right word.  How about instead I use normal?  Normal, in this case, refers to the weird middle ground of being neither hated nor highly adored.  Normal is where I’ve found the people who are still in touch with reality like to sit.  Normal is where my all of my friends are. Normal is where I am and want to stay.  Being popular and adored is not a dream that I find much pleasure in, and at this point in my life I have outgrown the phase that kids can be unpopular.

Let me clarify.  My name is Noelle.  I am a 22 year old college senior who is one semester away from being thrust into the real world.  I’ve never been the center of attention or the life of the party and have always preferred to stay in the safety of my cozy little circle of friends.  Granted, I have come a long way since high school and I’m not as much of the awkward, social-phobic teenager I used to be.  However, I still am quiet.

There are a lot of things you can learn when you aren’t as outgoing as other people.  For instance, I have learned that “drinking is only fun until you are 21, then there is no point” and “women like facial hair, preteen girls like Justin Beiber” (though I could have already told you the latter).  However, these trivial ideas are not what I am here to talk about.

Quiet people are thinkers.  We are quiet because our minds are constantly working.  It isn’t that I don’t like to talk to others, it is more that I can’t talk to many people at once or I become frazzled and overwhelmed with the amount of information I’m getting from my surroundings and from my own head.  This makes me sound completely crazy, I promise I’m not.  I’m just a thinker.  I spend a lot of time analyzing my life and fantasizing about new and wonderful realities.  It is more interesting to me than talking about the Kardashians or covering my face with make-up.

The introduction aside, this blog going to be about everything that I have learned through the years.  I know, I am only 22 and I don’t have that many “years” behind me, but my mind is whirling thoughts that need to be shared.  If you take the time to read, I hope that you enjoy it.

P.S.  I am, by definition, a huge dork. So excuse any subtle (or not so subtle) geeky references. Allons-y! 😀