Remember back in mid-May when I was so ready for summer and everything was coming alive and it was like ice cream and sunshine and happiness all over the place? Then before Memorial Day could even hit, I found myself headed to the ER with a collapsed lung. I’ve spent the past six weeks struggling with serious health issues, and three of those weeks were spent in a hospital bed.
I had my follow up appointment with the surgeon who removed bits of my lung, and I’m thrilled to tell you my chest x-ray looks good, and I’m officially on the mend. It’s going to be a long slow process. I’m still in a bit of pain, and my energy certainly isn’t what it used to be, but I think I’m ready for a take two on this summer.
During those long days in the hospital where everything is hushed and colorless, I found myself constantly checking my Instagram feed looking for something, anything beautiful to feast my eyes on. It was then I decided I needed more inspiration in my own daily life.
I’m challenging myself to seek out the simple beauty that’s all around me by posting a photo each day with the hashtag #awesome365. Being in the hospital made me feel hopeless and helpless, and that’s no way to live. Life doesn’t have to be exploding with excitement or overflowing with lavish things to be truly awe inspiring. I don’t want to forget that. Not for one second.
You know why there are so many cliches about life being short and precious? Because it’s true. I want to look at my life differently, so for the next year, I’m pushing myself to find something mind-blowingly wonderful about my every day life.
I hope you’ll join me. Okay, maybe you don’t have to play along every day for a year, but when you see something that makes you happy to be alive, I’d love for you to share it with me by tagging your photo #awesome365, then posting it to Facebook, Twitter,or Instagram. Who knows? Maybe we can spread a bit of joy. That can only lead to goodness.
Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what kinds of awesomeness I find along the way. Who knows what a year may bring? We’re here to be happy, but we can’t just wait around for joy to fall in our laps. We have to open ourselves to the wonder in the universe. Come on, kids. Be awesome!