If you’ve read my about page here on Dauntless, then you know a part of this blog is about sharing my own adventures and experiences. It’s become too easy nowadays for us to simply hide behind a screen, typing away, and make it seem like everything is fine. We’re happy, life is good, blah blah blah. Is everything really “fine” though?
Reality check: Life is a roller coaster! I know I’m not “fine” everyday, 24/7! My life is filled with ups and downs, good days and bad days.
Therefore, I’m adding a new segment to Dauntless called PUPs aka “Personal Update Posts.” (And yes, these posts will include puppy pictures because…well puppies. ‘Nuff said.) Unlike others posts, which may link to an interesting article, make a specific claim/argument, or tell a story, these are merely meant to share a bit of myself with you. 🙂
I’d like you all to know I don’t intend to hide behind a screen and pretend everything is fine. I am a real person, just like you. I live in a college dorm. I eat dining hall food. I also completely support the sweatpants and fell-out-of-bed look. But how am I doing? What are my personal thoughts and fears? What struggles am I facing? What makes me happy? It’s time I shared.
Like you, I have good days and bad days. Some days I love myself and others…not so much. Learning to love who I am and where I am at in my own journey on a daily basis is not easy. Then again, nothing ever is. Thus, we must learn from our bad days, let go of our worries, and embrace our struggles.
“Never blame any day in your life. Good days give you happiness, bad days give you experience, and the worst days give you a lesson.”
-Sukhraj S. Dhillon
I know I’m not alone, which is precisely why I think it is important to share with you how I’m doing all via this new segment. You should never feel ashamed to tell someone you had a bad day or keep great news and exciting times to yourself. Don’t be afraid to share! Tell a friend, write in a journal, comment below – let the world know!
What are we waiting for? Let’s dive into P.U.P. #1!
Let me start by saying, I’m doing pretty alright! I’m keeping it real and trying my best to live life one day at a time and enjoy the ride. I finished my week of road trip tweets, and shared something I enjoyed every day. From last Monday’s Zumba class and getting dinner with my roommate on Tuesday, to volunteering to direct traffic at a local 5 mile race this past week, I’m happy to say it was a good week. (To read about this “road trip,” head to my Enjoying the Ride post and also check out my Twitter feed @Dauntless267.)
This week, although very busy, started off pretty well, too. Even though I have more homework to do, projects to finish, and essays to write than I’d like to think about, I’ve been giving myself permission to take a few minutes every day for me. Whether it’s reading a book (I just got one from the library called Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image) or going for a walk, it’s really helped me keep everything in perspective and worry less.
I also have some pretty big and exciting events on the horizon… and I don’t just mean finals and graduation (YIKES!). I’m talking dress shopping. Like legit, fancy/formal dress shopping for a ball. This is a big deal! To be completely honest (because honesty is kinda the point of P.U.P. – plus puppy pictures!) I’m both excited and nervous. I’m excited because I get to go shopping with my best friend in the whole world (aka my mom ♥) and any day I get to spend with her is a great day. I’m nervous because I haven’t bought myself new clothes in months, nothing ever fits right, I don’t always like how I look…you get the idea.
As I’ve said though, health and happiness is a journey. It takes work. Thus, I am trying to see this as an opportunity. It’s about time I stepped out of my shell and embraced who I am on the outside, right? This doesn’t mean it won’t be scary, but it will be worth it.
So here’s to being dauntless and finding a dress I love and makes me love myself! Here’s to taking another step in my personal journey towards health and happiness and sharing it with you.
Stayed tuned for the next P.U.P. (with more puppy pictures, guaranteed!) and feel free to comment below. I’m ready to be dauntless and start loving myself the way I am right now. Are you? ♥