So yesterday’s photography challenge winner was the following statement:
Staying curious is almost suppose to be second nature to those who go into a science field. You never get the full answer to a question–or if you do, it also comes with raising another question. I’ve always enjoyed learning–but with staying in school for so long, I got burnt out and am now just rekindling my joy of learning and curiosity.
I actually needed to save the post and come back to it, in order to finish it. I’ve realized over the past few months that one of the things that is hindering my “staying curious” mentality is fear—fear of the unknown.
I’m not someone who usually jumps before they look. I like to try to have things mostly planned out (though allowing a little room for the spur of the moment), but I try to make sure that the “i”s are dotted and the “t”s are crossed.
This is the big block in my job transition–fear of the unknown. I have so many different thoughts racing through my head in terms of this, that it becomes overwhelming and I feel like I don’t know what I want to do with my life (other than find a good paying job that will hopefully quiet a few of the thoughts).
I realize that change is a part of life, and while we can plan and control parts of it–there is a lot of it that we can’t control. I know that I can control the next stage of my life, though it will also be realizing that I need to welcome the unknown, and know that with it I will continue to grow as a individual.
So I’ve decided that I’m going to try to switch things up a little and start putting in some inspirational quotes and ideas into my photography challenge as well.
This one (and several others) stood out to me tonight. One reason–is that I am trying to start planning my reboot break, and part of the planning period is to put down as many different things that I would like to get accomplished during my break.
One thing I’ve noticed (as I’m trying to pay more attention to the little voices) is that when I do daydream–it usually how I want to get done with things at work, that way I can be outside in the nice weather. I think that I need to try to fix my daydreams–to where they’re about where I would like to be, and not about where I’m at.
Though when I do daydream about being away from the lab–it’s traveling, writing, nature photography, cooking, crafts, reading, being outdoors, and basically enjoying myself. This is telling me that I should be looking for a job that gives enough vacation time so that I can travel at least once a year (as long as I have pets–I doubt I’ll travel more than maybe three or four weeks out of the year–until I figure out a way to travel with them), and one that I can leave work at work.
I know the type of balance I want in my job, I just need to figure out which scientific path(s) to start investigating to see which one(s) are the best match.
I know that this has gone on a slightly detour from the original–daydreaming is preparation–but that is how my mind is currently moving. It is jumping from one thing to another (sometimes to something that isn’t even there or real).
I had tried to write down five or ten ideas a day (I managed about a week), and then I felt like I couldn’t think of anything else. I’m going to try to do a brain dump this weekend (a probable post coming on that), and once I’ve done that–hopefully get back into a habit of writing at least two to three ideas a day. Then I will pick one and try to flesh it out into a post or even it’s own page (depending on the topic).
So I’ve managed to basically complete day two of Yoga Booty Ballet (minus so of the ab work–because by that time I’m hungry, my stomach is growling/aching, and I don’t feel comfortable on the floor doing the exercises–hopefully next week). My mantra is do at least twenty minutes of a workout, in addition to the walking that I do at work, and with trying to watch my calorie intake, I should hopefully start seeing some weight come off.
You don’t have to wait until a Monday to start something new (and yes, I’m guilty of this too–saying that I’ll start working out again/eating better/whatever come Monday). The best attack is to start that day (whether or not it is a Monday or a Saturday). Everyday is a new beginning–yesterday pops into the past quickly, and saying “next Monday” is saying that you’re will to wait for the future to start something, well buttercup tomorrow is the future. If you’re wanting to start something in the present, you need to start today.
I’ve restarted my health and fitness journey so many times over the past few years, I should almost have whiplash from it. But–I started, not necessarily on Monday, it was whatever day of the week I decided to pop in a workout DVD and try to get back into shape. I’ve restarted again, and now I’m pledging to myself that anything I do is “starting” and not “restarting”, and it will always be today, and not tomorrow or next Monday.
The future isn’t guaranteed, and all we can be positive about is that we have today. So I’m promising myself that each day is a new start, and a continuation at the same time–as nothing will “stop”, it might “pause”–but it won’t “stop”.
Goals and dreams are only achieved when we put in the sweat and tears to get there. So again, if there is something that you want to do–start working towards it today.