I want to wake up at 6:30 AM every morning, and eat a healthy breakfast that I had prepared for myself. At 7 AM, I want to take a walk along the beach in a beautiful outfit, saying good morning sunshine :). Imaginary music runs through my ears, like lullabies on a peaceful summer morning. I am enough, I tell myself. I am whole. I feel the waters of the beach touch my skin, and in that moment, I feel cleansed and pure.
At 7:30 AM, it’s time to get work done. You want to be a movie star, don’t you? And you want to use film and dance to bring light to global poverty and hunger don’t you? Granted, you didn’t grow up in a third world country so you don’t exactly know first hand what it’s like. You hear all about hunger, war, conflict, and disparities in opportunities in the third world, compared to a developed country. You know you can’t solve the problem, but you know that you can speak up. The next step is to spend 2-3 hours working on acting. But you need an amazing script right? So you switch the order around. You’ll spend 2-3 hours working on the script to get it amazing. It’s been 7:30-10:30 AM. So you take a break for a snack. Then you proceed to spend 10:45 – 12:45 PM working on your acting. Simplify, yet be effective. You feel pleasant because you are doing exactly what you set out to do, exactly what you want in life. You’re working for the life you want, for yourself and the world. You know the world isn’t always a pretty place, but you know that it’s your mindset that matters. You continue to see the world in a beautiful light, and it radiates in everything you do, everything you say, everywhere you go. This is who you want to be. And you must focus.
You take a break for lunch. You are mindful and you are healthy. You AREN’T lazy. You eat your grains and protein, and you eat your vegetables and fruits. You take your dairy. You are mindful about keeping a good weight and being fit. You go and sit in the garden for a few minutes and meditate.
By now, it’s 1:15 PM. Don’t you feel like you have all the time in the world when you live purely and pleasantly like this? But you don’t, because each day will slip by, and before you know it, you’re 23, 24, 25. You’re an adult. But cherish everyday that you are 22. Because you were once 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. And those years went by fast, didn’t they? Now you are 22. You were born on 11/22/1993. So 22 must mean a special year. You want to be forever young. You knew that you spent your young years in mania and unfocusedness, living for the thrill of it, although you always had your ambitious goals in mind. You lived wrecklessly and dipped in here and there, trying everything. Let’s just say focus and discipline weren’t your top traits. But you were young, and now you’re older, and you learn more when you’re older. You’ll be 23 in 2 months and 22 days. If you can live everyday and make it meaningful, those days will feel like years. You can die at 22 and leave a legacy. But you know you’ll probably be living till you’re at least 30. You tell yourself to remember to smile every day. Okay, you’re 22. You were once 18, now you’re 22. And you love this age. You know that you might be expected to get married, and soon be able to support your parents so they will retire happily for their rest of their lives. But you don’t feel that way at all right now, at least in terms of marriage. All you want to do is live beautifully and memorably, and leave a lasting legacy on this world, and one day support your parents like they have for you 22 years. Ok, enough talk about age, time is slipping. Ok so after some reflection, you know it’s time to get back to work.
It’s 1:15, just 9 more hours till bedtime. What do you do? You look for a market for your film, constantly. You look into the American Film Market where there will be buyers for your film. This is your last shot this year, before your parents make you commit to an actual 9 to 5 PM job. You know that you’ve worked on your script, and you know you’ve been even paying for private acting lessons to improve your acting. I will repeat. THIS IS YOUR LAST SHOT. So the time you spend distracted in things that aren’t on path in the long run – you cut it out. You also know to invest in quality relationships now. So it’s been 1:15-4:15. Soon, it’ll be dinner time. You made it this far.
So from 4:15 – 5 PM, you know you can’t always be by yourself all the time. You take this moment to plan for the Meetup Group you created that is meant to unite people of similar interests as you. It’s called the Global Poverty and Hunger Alleviation – Art and Action group. You decide that you’ll schedule a few meetups for the next month – you’ll teach about the subject on behalf of United Nations World Food Programme at middle schools. You’ll plan to visit your local congressman to talk about the issue and get their opinions. You’ll create possibly an art show to raise awareness. You’ll continue to find ways to be a young adult story presenter for NAMI. You’ll do the training for slides presenter as well. That way, you’ll be around people at least some of the times while you’re living back home with your parents and it feel all you do is work from home all day. But this is what you signed up for, and you know that you’ll persist and that you know that every day will be pleasant, because it’s in your mindset. Remember, you continue to see the world in a beautiful light, and it radiates in everything you do, everything you say, everywhere you go.
At 5 PM, you do your 15 minute ab workout, and then you eat dinner. Once again, you AREN’T going to slack off on health. You eat your protein and grains, and you eat your fruits and vegetables. Without health, you have nothing. You take a comfortable shower, maybe even a nice bath, and you’re ready for the rest of your evening.
It’s 6 PM. From 6-9 PM, you’re going to finish your application to the Peace Corps. If you get selected, you’ll get to spend ages 23-25 in a third world country! After being a movie star of course. Yay! The day your dream comes true, you can rest easy, but for now, it’s important to keep up consistent and good habits. You’ll anticipate that things will get boring here and there, but you’ll keep persisting because what separates the successful from the not is that the ones who succeed are able go through day in day out working, no matter how tough it can be, because they know that it takes good habits to create success.
Okay, yay! Its 9 PM. Don’t give up yet girl!! You’ll spend from 9-10 PM practicing your dancing every single day. Stretching, choreographing, creating at least one dance a month. And you’ll showcase them too.
Home stretch, 10-10:30 PM, you’ll wind down, reflect, and read, no electronics, and you’ll be ready for tomorrow.
And this is what you’ll do every single day. Some of the tasks may change here and there, but at least now you’ve planned out how you want to live your life. You know that you’ve been living with your parents for almost a year since graduating, and it’s time for a change of scenery. If you get the movie deal, you’ll get to go to Los Angeles. If you get selected for Peace Corps, you’ll get to be abroad on a new adventure for two years. Remember, you continue to see the world in a beautiful light, and it radiates in everything you do, everything you say, everywhere you go. Because you tell yourself you are worth it. You are exactly who they are looking for. Everywhere, you look for evidence that the prize is yours, and that you are beautiful, and worthwhile, and capable of creating a lasting legacy in this world.