Monday Inspiration: March 14, 2016

“Beauty is fleeting, but a rent-controlled apartment overlooking the park is forever.” Carrie Bradshaw

By: Gabriela Yareliz

I walked 10.17 miles, on Sunday. You can think of me as a champion, a crazy woman– or both. Have your pick. But it felt good. The day was cloudy and fresh, and I was walking around in a t-shirt. What more can I ask for after a bundled-up winter? Seriously. It’s time to burn the leggings. #Freetheleg

Last summer, I was blessed to get a fantastic and sunny apartment in New York City. A rare treasure. Yes, I do realize how blessed I am. You can read that interesting story, here.

Anyway, the thing is I have been in the slow process of furnishing my space. On Sunday, I went out with a friend to look at furniture and décor ideas. And suddenly, in the midst of our conversation which ran the gamut– relationships to rugs– it dawned on me how time flies.

I think that in life, we often find ourselves waiting for something to happen that is out of our control. We are like, “Okay, I will go on this trip when [insert lame excuse, here]”; “Maybe, I will buy this when I get married or have a family,” or “Once I get this part of my life straightened out, I will do [insert cool idea, here].”

Why are we always waiting? There is wisdom and virtue in certain types of waiting. I am not against that. But still, there are so many dreams or ideas we have pegged on an elusive, future false sense of security or on a person or something that hasn’t arrived to our lives yet, and there are no guarantees.

Life is short. Realistically speaking, there are many things we could lose in the blink of an eye, at any stage of our lives. But that is what life is about: living with risks, taking risks, seizing opportunities.

Why wait, when there are things in your life you are sure of? (And I mean that you are sure that they matter to you; because maybe other aspects of the situation are ambiguous). Time runs through our fingers like sand. If you want something or someone, go for it.

Don’t wait until next year to chase that dream. Work now, and have it come true next year. Don’t put off something waiting for someone else; do it for you. And most of all, know your worth. Make decisions based on the fact that you are a gem and a child of God.

To my single people: Being unmarried, often means you will have to make tough decisions alone. You’ll have to build your own world and do things that maybe you envisioned doing with someone else, initially. Decide. Do it. Build.

My message to you this week is that I hope you do something that takes you closer to your dreams. (Yes, buy those floral sheets that make you feel like Marie Antoinette. Who cares what anyone else thinks!) Don’t just build your world; build an empire, and build it around the things that matter most.

And remember:

“Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’’re pretty sexy, and you’’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.” Carrie Bradshaw

Shall we let the Monday fun begin?

I’m feeling bold. Yes.



Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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