I’ve been doing LivBits for one year now, and I’ve learned A LOT of important lessons. Some of them, I’ve already shared in my first few blog posts. Sometimes it’s easy for me to figure out something new, and other times, I can’t figure out anything at all. My mum says that’s the signal to linger in my thinking and not try so hard to find answers.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably notice that I like to use interesting hashtags. I decided that each of my blog posts would be about an important hashtag for my LivBit work. I want to show that hashtags are a piece of my understanding. Lots of times, my hashtags tell the meaning of my work.
It really wasn’t until this year that I started to think about the idea of meaning, and it came after my sister, Charlotte’s accident. I haven’t shared the details of what happened to Charlotte with very many people because it’s too hard to think and talk about. And, I found out that sometimes people want to help you in ways that aren’t actually very helpful at all. It’s like they want the details, but they forget that the details have meaning, like in your heart.
As I’ve tried to get my brain better this year, one thing I’ve worked on is how everything that happens in life has meaning. It’s like when good things happen, you don’t have to pay attention so much because your heart feels happy and safe. But, when something terrible happens, your brain wants to understand WHY, and you have to find the meaning to feel better.
Meaning is kind of like a really hard turn in ballet. If you want to get your body to do the turn, you have to practice and work hard. I have this turning board I use to help my body understand the feeling of the turn. If I stay strong enough, like in my core, I can turn lots and lots of times. When I use the turning board it’s like my body feels the meaning of the turn. I can stay steady and strong and I can keep turning. When I am not using the board, my feet have to figure out how to do the work the board was doing. It’s kind of like I have to find the meaning all over again. Even though it is harder, my body knows the feeling of the turn. My brain knows I can do it, too.
Your brain is a funny thing. Sometimes it can get noisy. My friend, Kristin says that when your brain is the noisiest, you are probably learning the most. But, it’s hard to remember that when you feel like you have figure out how to turn off the noise. That’s why LivBits is so important to me. Focusing on my LivBit work has given me meaning. Doing the LivBit work has taught me how powerful finding meaning can be.
LivBits is a story about meaning. It’s about what you can do when you try your best and you share with others. I don’t always have things figured out, but I know how to try and I don’t give up. Here’s the thing, other people can learn from your story. Other people can be CHANGED by your story. So, try hard to love your story, no matter what. My mum always tells me when you #LoveBIG, you get #BIGLove back.
If I had to write my last year in hashtags it would look like this:
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