While watching television the other day; I came across an advertisement for the movie Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon. She’s one of my favorite actresses. I think she’s good at her job and we both have fine hair, so I’m always checking out her hair styles to see what will and won’t work with my hair. Of course when I saw the movie clips I instantly decided I was going to see the movie. I’m so glad I did and would encourage you to see the movie if you haven’t already.
This month I am focusing on vulnerability and that’s exactly what the undertones of this movie were about. It’s about a woman’s (Cheryl Strayer) journey through life; her relationships and how she grieves the loss of her true love, her mother. So she begins a journey to find herself. There was a scene where Cheryl was driving the car, her mom in the passengers seat. Her mom said something that really struck me, “At some point you have to sit in the driver’s seat of your life.”
As women, we often feel like we are the passenger being driven by our spouse, partner, a relationship, our children, yet we are somehow navigating to help get them get to their destination safely. When do we take the drivers seat of our life? How do you live your best life in the midst of circumstances and distractions? Here’s a clip from the movie that I think will provoke some thoughts on living your best life.
Why is it that we are afraid to be vulnerable and sit in the drivers seat of our life? It doesn’t mean that we know exactly where we are going or what we may face along the way. I believe you can find and have balance in life while siting in the drivers seat.
You can switch seats from time to time. Isn’t that great news! This isn’t about control or being in control. In fact, it’s about letting go, being vulnerable and having enough confidence in yourself to know that you deserve to see some of your dreams and desires come to fruition.
To sit in the drivers seat of your life means that you take time for you. Do the things that make you feel utterly good more often. Investing in yourself to be the best you, you can be. For so many women, this means that you have to allow a little bit of vulnerability back into you life. Be willing to welcome some adventure and mystery back into your life.
Take note, I’m not suggesting that you leave your marriage, children or responsibilities. What I am suggesting is that you learn how to create space for your true, best self into the other things that you love and cherish; by giving yourself some time to experience joy in your life that doesn’t depend on the people you love. Essentially, it’s creating a true identity that is enhanced by the other people who share life with you.
Cheryl Strayer’s adventure left her completely vulnerable to her own thoughts, the elements and the freedom to forgive herself. We all have choices that we’ve made, good ones and not so good ones. Perhaps it’s time that you let yourself off the hook. Allow your past to stay in the past and open the presence of today with all of it’s possibility.
We are all on an adventure, its called life. Vulnerability is part of the experience; being open to it is simply part of the journey. Rather than live in fear of life itself; consider how your life would look different if you started to drive it from a place of curiosity. You’re going to have an experience on this earth, do you want to be along for the ride or navigating the way?
If this resonates with you at all, I invite you to reach out to me and check out my Intentional Living an Introspective Look program. Its changing the lives of women, while giving them a road map so they can learn to sit in the driver’s seat of their life. Like what you read? Please repost and share it with your friends.