Have you ever felt like you were living an aimless life? Like there was nothing significant to make you jump out of bed in the morning; the world would still get by with you staying in all day.
Well, I use to feel that every single day….
I had some good days, of course, when I had plans with friends or family to go to dinner or catch a movie, but most days I just toiled my life away at work. And most nights I went home to watch TV with my cat next to me.
I hated living like that. It wasn’t like I didn’t have any goals, they were just too far out of my reach. How could I travel the world when I had so much debt accumulated over the years to pay off? How could I find happiness when I was so unhappy? How could I find my smile again? So many “how could” circled my mind every waking moment.
Then one day I ran into my old friend Shellee from high school. We hadn’t seen each other since graduation because we went to different colleges—she went to Yale, and I to a nearby state college nearby so that I could visit my ailing mother frequently. So we decided to catch up over dinner that night and it was then that I found out she was doing really well for herself.
Shellee was the head of IT at a multi-billion dollar company, happily married, with a daughter and twin sons, and had the stamps of over 10 different countries in her passport. She was living the dream—no, she was living my dream. I worked as an IT technician in a local organization and had been stagnant there with no sign of promotion in years. I had no romantic prospects whatsoever, and my passport was tucked away somewhere collecting dust.
The next morning, I checked my email at home and found something from Shellee. The subject title read, “Hazel, read this. It will change your life like it changed mine.”
It was called The Amazing You, and after a few pages of chapter one, I was hooked. The experiences narrated by the author were so similar to mine and it seemed like the book was putting my exact thoughts into words! The book had an interesting narrative that captured my attention all the way through. At the end of every chapter, a reflection segment forced me to re-evaluate my life choices, and I began to realize that everything that happened to me was because of me. We were all given control of our own lives, but I had chosen to let it go instead.
It also introduced me to something called the Wheel of Consciousness, and following its concept led me to discover what had been holding me back from living the life I truly wanted. It was mind-blowing how this book seemed tailor-made for me and no one else. But Shellee had said that it changed her life, and anyone with eyes could see that Shellee has led a much different life from me since college! It didn’t seem to me like she had needed the book at all.
I called her up for dinner again and she explained that she didn’t do well in college, and couldn’t find a job after graduating. Her student debt seemed to swallow her whole, and his then-boyfriend left him shortly after. I was incredulous. How did she get from a situation similar to mine to her envious situation now?
She told me it was thanks to The Amazing You. She learned to take responsibility for herself and stopped blaming the education system for her destitution. The affirmation practices inside the book taught her to re-tune her mindset towards life itself, and it caused a transformation so great that even her parents were reading it as well!
I was completely sold. For the next few weeks, I read the book multiple times from cover to cover, while practicing all the techniques it taught.
And I swear, my life has never been better! I am back together with the love of my life, my lobster. We are looking through the windshield, not in the rearview mirror and holding hands looking down the road of an amazing life together. I actually wake up before my alarm rings in the morning now and am out the door with a bounce in my step. Trust me, this you cannot miss!