In December of 2017 I packed my bags, filled a moving van with my furniture, and took off with my Dad and my cat, Autumn.
I was moving from my home in Queens, New York to the mile high city of Denver, Colorado and the trip was exactly 1,803 miles.
I’m sure you’re wondering, “Why? What’s the motivation for moving across the country?” I’ll get to that later, but first let’s talk about the lessons I learned and how they can impact YOUR life right now.
If you’re more of a cliff-notes kind of person, here are the lessons I learned:
Pretty straight forward, right? Let’s dive into each.
I am blessed to say that my Dad offered to help me move.
As we traveled for 4 full days, we probably spent about 22 hours in the crowded van, which is no easy task even if you love driving (which both my Dad and I do).
On top of that Autumn was confused, tense and crying for dear life.
When my Dad was driving I’d have her on my lap in her pet carrier, but even my pets wouldn’t calm her down fully. We couldn’t let her out either because there were places she could crawl through to the back where all of my stuff resided.
Needless to say, sitting for hours at a time with an alarmed cat in your lap is far from ideal.
After the first day or two of driving, I realized that I was completely out of balance!
I wasn’t eating healthy because we were getting fast food for most meals; I wasn’t exercising because I was exhausted after a full day of being on the road; and I wasn’t doing anything for my business because I was either driving or comforting Autumn.
At first, I felt awful. But then, I had an epiphany…
I was living in complete harmony with what I wanted to be doing.
Yes, my life was out of balance, but what the hell can you expect from driving across the country with your entire life in the trunk? It was one of those moments where I thought, “DUHHH, of course it’s going to be like this!”
At that moment, I decided to enjoy life to the fullest, in whatever way I could during this time. I let go of the need to be in balance in all areas of life and this is what freed me.
I turned my attention to how awesome it was to have my Dad right by my side as we took this epic journey; I noticed how wonderful it was to have the ability to move across the country with all of my things safely packed; and I began to drink in the wonderful views we were passing by.
Just by shifting my perception, I was able to welcome in all of the many blessings that were right in front of me.
That brings me to my first question for YOU. What’s out of balance in your life that you can’t do anything about right now and how can you acknowledge that you're living in harmony?
When you accept a situation for what it is and discover how you can enjoy your life anyway, you liberate yourself from SO many negative thoughts that would destroy your chances for happiness and fulfillment in the present moment.
This leads us to the second lesson I learned on this road trip.
During the many hours my Dad and I spent in that moving van, I had countless opportunities to grow.
Did I recognize these opportunities at first? NOPE.
Like I said before, I was pretty preoccupied by all of the negatives of driving across the country in a van where you can barely move.
It wasn’t until I made the shift in awareness of being in harmony over being in balance that I was able to see the growth filled moments I had available to me.
It was on the third day when I was driving in the flat lands of middle America when I woke up from a trance. I felt as if I was hypnotized by the straight road, the light music from the radio playing, and the occasional rustle of my Dad or Autumn adjusting how they were sleeping.
Waking up from that road trance was the moment I knew that there had to be some way to use this time wisely.
What I’ve learned over the last 6 year of studying personal transformation and human potential is that when you ask a specific question in your mind, you’ll receive a specific answer (much like doing a google search, only with the Infinite).
So, I asked, “What can I do while I’m driving to grow and expand my awareness?”
Almost immediately ideas started flying in.
I’m sure there were more, but those are the ideas I remember. I took action on all of them and it was life-changing.
I am so grateful for having asked that question because I not only turned the mundane activity of driving into time for personal growth, but I also grew closer with my Dad.
Here’s my second question for you. What mundane tasks do you take for granted in your life and how can you infuse the possibility of growth in that time?
Your ideas might surprise you.
Now, on to the third and final lesson.
If you believe you can achieve your lofty goals on your own, you’re kidding yourself.
I don’t mean to be harsh, but this is the truth.
The quicker you learn it, the better off you’ll be.
Show me any person you consider a success and I’ll show you their support team. That can come as their coach, their mentor, their parents, their brother, their friends, their teacher, and heck even their dog!
As human beings, we are hard-wired to be in community and help each other. You could say it’s in our DNA or our genes.
The reason we have such amazing technology and such an advanced civilization is because we supported each other.
NOTHING of great consequence ever comes as a result of one single person. One person may take the credit or be in the spotlight, but I guarantee they have a team that helped them achieve their greatness.
Why this matters to you is to check in and see if you’re allowing yourself to be supported or not? Your life depends on your answer.
At the very least, the life of your dreams depends on whether you humble yourself to ask for help.
This truth hit me like a ton of bricks when I finally arrived in Denver and moved into my new apartment. One man in particular helped me more than I could ever repay him for: my Dad.
Without my Dad, I would probably still be living in New York. He’s the one who got us a killer deal with the moving van because “he knew a guy.” He’s the one who took off 5 days of work to help me drive to my new home. He’s the one who helped comfort Autumn as I was driving and he’s the one who helped me move all of my heavy furniture in.
Once I really thought about all of the amazing help my Dad gave me during this time, my mind just kept on going and there are a thousand more things I know my Dad has helped me with throughout my life.
I can honestly say that if it weren’t for my Dad, I wouldn’t be living my dream right now. THANK YOU, DAD. I LOVE YOU.
Funny enough, one of the reasons I moved to Denver was because I had always dreamed of snowboarding in the Colorado mountains. That dream was instilled in me by my Dad when I was very young and just learning how to glide down a mountain.
I’m proud to say that we both lived out our dream that December and it was even more thrilling than I had ever imagined.
Hey, it’s that time. Your third and final question. What support do you need to build your dream and progress further in your life?
Having the willingness to accept support from others is a sign of strength and understanding, not weakness. Ask for help today.
This is the longest blog post I’ve ever written, so if you’ve made it this far congrats!
I hope you’ve found value out of what I learned. If you did, it would mean a lot to me if you’d drop a comment below with your thoughts. Thanks in advance.
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Believing in you.
A few questions arose after I published my last blog post about "Who Are You?"
Thanks to the wonderful questions from Rufaidah and Geetika, this post was formed. Here are their questions for you to ponder as well:
“How do you differentiate between who you truly are and what society considers as appropriate? Because we are the product of our environment, or at least that's what I believe. If I was raised up in a different society I, of course, would not be the same person I am today, and so who I truly am would be different. So how do I differentiate between who I AM and what society imposed in me the image of who I am?” - Rufaidah
“All our life we keep doing things for others & they become so habitual of us being around them 24/7 that the day we tell them that I want to do things for me, I want to live my life, all hell breaks loose. I understand we can't please everyone but how to get away in doing what we want?” - Geetika
Both of these questions point to the desire we all have to do what we want, whenever we want to do it. I firmly believe we all have that capability, but the obstacles in the way often shut down that desire.
The odds seem stacked against us and our dreams, so is it even possible to achieve the life we long for even if we really do try? And how can we feel free to do what we want with our life?
I believe we absolutely can live our dream life and feel free to do what we want, but it takes work.
Let’s start with the people around us: our family, friends, co-workers, etc.
Whether it’s your mother, your father, you best friend, your boss, or your grandmother, they all have a concept of who you are in their mind.
This is normal human functioning - you have a concept for each of these people in your mind, too.
The danger is in believing that these concepts are all the person is and all that person will ever be. This is why “all hell breaks loose” when you do what you want to do and strive to change your life.
What you want to do most often doesn’t fit the other person’s concept of who you are and so their reaction is some way of trying to keep you aligned with who they believe you are.
Let me share with you the best way I have found to move forward in doing what you want even in the presence of people who want you to stay the same. It’s simple.
Have compassion for them.
They are most likely just trying to protect you from failing, hurting yourself, or making a mistake. They aren’t in your head, so don’t expect them to fully understand why you’re doing what you doing.
With compassion, you can understand where they are coming from and still move forward because what you want to do matters to you. That’s the only way you’ll ever drown out their negativity.
For example, in 2014 when I discontinued getting my doctorate degree in pharmacy, my parents were livid.
Okay, my dad was livid. My mom was silent.
I wanted to leave and do something different because I discovered I no longer had a passion for pharmacy.
I wanted to help people heal holistically and I wanted to treat the underlying cause of someone’s illness, not just the symptoms.
My parents understood my reasoning, but they wanted me to finish the 2-3 more years of graduate school I had left and THEN do what I wanted.
If I hadn’t been so convinced that what I wanted to do was right for my life, then I would have caved in and fit myself into their mold.
My burning desire to help people in a different way overcame the gravitational pull to the familiar. I did leave and I have never regretted it.
The sad truth is that the expectations of our loved ones can be silent killers of our dreams if we are not careful. When we are careful in protecting our mind and we do move forward in doing what we want despite what others say, we become a beacon of light for others to follow.
When we are careful in protecting our mind and we do move forward in doing what we want despite what others say, we become a beacon of light for others to follow.
Now, let’s talk about society.
The environment we grow up in and live in has a profound effect on how we live our lives, but I don’t believe environment can ever dictate who we are.
For example, I grew up in the suburbs of Queens, New York living in a small 2 bedroom apartment with my parents and two brothers.
There’s a great contrast between the way I lived my life growing up and the way a child growing up in Cairo, Egypt lived simply based on what I saw during the time I visited. If I was swapped with that Egyptian child growing up, then yes I would be a different person in many ways.
However, who we are is different from everything we learn from the day we are born. Our preferences, our beliefs, our perceptions are all based on knowledge we gained as we evolved as human beings.
Remember, who you are is more than anything you’ve ever learned.
How you differentiate who you are from what society or your environment has imposed on you is by going deep within your mind. You must first be able to see through the illusion of separation that is created when we look at other people’s skin color, intellect, possessions, or beliefs.
This is not some “woo-woo” feel good talk. This is real. Science has proven that at the core of who we are, at the subatomic level, we are literally all the same. We are energy. The only difference is in the physical manifestation we see with our eyes.
By recognizing that you are not different from your neighbor, you can begin to shed the layers of what society believes about you because it’s simply not true.
Society says you can or can’t be or do something based on your level of education, your age, your sex, and even your sexuality. I don’t believe society’s presets are intentionally created to hold people back; I believe that they’re created based on a group of people’s best thinking. That’s all.
From this place of understanding about the people around you and about society, you can boldly choose what you want to do and stick with it, knowing that you are serving YOU.
This happens in small moments at first, so don’t expect to change your entire life in one meditation session or in one day.
Radical shifts CAN happen that quickly, but allow the process to unfold in its own time.
It took decades for you to grow into the person you are today, so enjoy the work of unlearning what you’ve learned about your potential and the possibilities for your life.
You are so much more than you have believed yourself to be up until now.
You are life expressing itself in human form and life always desires growth. That feeling you have inside of you to do what you want, to forge your own path… that’s life. Say yes to life by saying yes to yourself.
What does saying yes to yourself mean to you? What would you do differently if nothing or no one was holding you back? Leave me a comment below, I'd love to hear from you.