• Taylor

Before I die:

Before I die wall in Knoxville, TN.

Before I die I hope to travel to new places, grow in personal areas of life, and comprehend certain lessons. That is pretty vague so let me expand what I am trying to say.

First, I want to travel. I love it, especially when it is done with family or friends! I hope to travel to new places that feel like a fresh breath of air, to see new faces, to experience different cultures, and to take note on how others view the world. Perspective is everything. I have been learning that it is so important to put myself in the shoes of other's and see how they may view the world. That does not always change my own view, but I always learn something from doing so. I do not always like not knowing what to expect traveling to a new place, but that also makes it exciting. Finding a good food spot and supporting local business' are on the top of the list of my favorite past times. Meeting new people and experiencing the world through their culture is something everyone should do at least once in their life. I am not saying to change your lifestyle by doing so, but I am saying to note that people are different from you and you should learn why. If you are reading this and ever end up with an extra plane ticket to (anywhere) let me know, I'll start packing my suitcase!

Second, growth is something that has become important to me as I am getting older. If I am not growing in any area of life, I am not reaching my complete potential. Areas I want to continue to grow in: faith, relationships, wellness, and creativity. To grow more in love with God is something I want to do before I die. I am already so in love with Him, but I know there is so much more to learn about Him that will make me have a deeper love. I hope to grow the depths of my relationships with family and friends (old + new). I also hope to grow in my passion for intentional living. Within the last year I invested in my health in a whole new way, I do not regret it at all. I am excited to grow in my knowledge of wellness. I hope to grow / take my creativity to higher levels. Being creative is something that "gives me life", I want to continue to challenge this feeling before I die.

Lastly, I hope to be fully confident + comfortable to be me. It sounds super cheesy, but it is true. I hope to not be so consumed with how others may view me. This is a lesson that is a work in progress for me. I have come such a long way with this lesson, but know I still have so much more to learn! I hope that before I die I can confidently say I have crossed the finish line for this lesson. Anyone else who has or had struggle with this issue knows that personal thoughts are the starting point on improving ourselves. I am growing in my thoughts + processing these feelings that other's may have of me. I have found most of the time I put false ideas / expectations others may have of me, because of this I have learned to talk these thoughts out and reflect on my intentions depending on the situations. Ultimately, I am learning to go back to where my worth is found; which begins and ends at the death of Jesus on the cross.

If you made it this far, I hope it got you thinking on things you want to do or learn before you die. Share with those around you so they can help you accomplish them!


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