So here’s a quirky fact for you: Armadillos, opossums, and sloth’s spend about 80% of their lives sleeping. That to me is just ridiculous. These animals sleep 80% of their day away. That means that in a 24hour period, they sleep for 19.2 hours. if that were calculated to me (a female of Kenyan Decent living in Kenya in 2014 who’s estimated [according to demographics http://www.indexmundi.com/kenya/demographics_profile.html] life expectancy is 64.77 years, in my lifetime I would have slept for 51.816 years and only been active for 12.954 years. That to me is truly sad. Devastating even.
I googled “How Much Brain Do We Really Use” and believe it or not, there is a myth that we only use 10% of our brain. I cannot give you a precise answer but know for a fact that how we operate as human beings leaves a lot to be desired. We do not maximize what we have and we are lazy with what we actually do / use [FOR THE MOST PART]
How much time, for example, do you spend day dreaming or worrying about things you have no control over; or being angry at someone who hurt you; or procrastinating about things that you should do? I recently completed a personality test that described me as being “able to overcome my reluctance to begin tasks”, scoring me a 32% in Openness to Experience while it also confirmed what I have always known about my overactive imagination by telling me that I “Often find the real world too plain and ordinary for my liking and use fantasy as a way of creating a richer, more interesting world for myself” scoring me a cool 90% on Imagination. And thus, I blog and use words to create a universe more worthy of the color I deem necessary in the world.
It took me years to start blogging. Years of fearing what people would think if they read my thoughts or heard my heart. Years of cowering in the shadows and sitting on this gift, this thing that makes my blood flow faster in my veins and my heart sing. Years of procrastinating, worrying, stressing and over-thinking things. YEARS and YEARS and YEARS. And then one day I started … and here I am a couple of years later
1. Still going
2. Touching lives
Our gift as individuals was not given to us for us to enjoy. It was given to us for the world to partake. Greatness is only greatness when shared with the world and aside from that, it’s just another idea that another nobody heard and that the world will never appreciate.
So today I challenge you: don’t be like the armadillo, the opossum or the sloth. Don’t sleep away 80% of your life. Don’t sit on the great ideas that God has placed in your heart. Do not allow fear to dictate how the world should and does see you. Do not allow needless worry and mindless angst keep you locked up in a prison of your own making. Let go. Breathe. Move. One step at a time and one day at a time but MOVE. This is your life! It is not a dress rehearsal and you only have this one chance to get it right.
It has been said that the richest place on earth is a cemetery because therein lie hopes, dreams, aspirations, and ideas that people carried with them to the grave. Don’t let that be your story. Re-write it starting today.
XOXO: From A-Girl-About-Town