I spent yesterday morning wandering about one of my favorite Atlanta places with some of my favorite people, and a few new friends as well. I could go on and on about the treasures of Scott’s Antique Market for hours (Like the blue Mason jars I scored for $3.75 each – seriously?! – or the dinosaur family that stole my heart), but today I want to focus on something a little different than my love for the unfinished and antique (sort of).
One of the girls I met on yesterday’s group trip is a physician’s assistant, and as I’m in marketing, I love hearing about other’s professional lives that are so different than my own. She told us a story of a patient this week who is in his late 80s, still in relatively flawless health and how she asked him why he thought he had made it this far, his response, “I don’t worry. What ever is going to happen, will happen. There is no sense wasting my time with anxiety.”
So simple, but so powerful. My grandfather passed away a few years ago just shy of his 91st birthday and I can honestly say looking back he embraced much of the same mentality. He held numerous careers, followed his passions and had a love so deep for his large family that I’m not sure how he held it all in.
We may be a few weeks into 2013, but I know I could certainly resolve to do a little less worrying, a little less stressing and a lot more following my heart and listening to those Bigger than myself. Inspired by this weekend, here’s my slightly late, slightly lofty, but all around possible 2013 resolution list:
- Worry less, act more
- Say what’s on my mind – written and spoken
- Follow my passions
- Continue to task risks and step out of my comfort zone
- Move a little slower – take a walk, wonder the market a little longer, resolve to spend more time cooking, reading and running
- Share the good, the bad and the fantastic moments by myself – and with those around me
In a fast-paced world, it’s hard to take time to be a little slower but it’s incredibly rewarding. Ferris Bueller said it best : “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
On worrying, it’s totally overrated. Especially in circumstances beyond our control. My grandfather used to tell me “When you know you’ve been had, all you can do is sit back and enjoy it.”
Great post! Good luck on the new year goals!
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