Friday, October 10, 2014

E is for Epic (Life is Meant to Be Epic, part II)

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When most of us think of the word epic, there’s a part of us that are both intimidated and excited about this level we have yet to reach in our lives. I can recall a time where the word was a symbol of some grandiose reward at the end of a tunnel, after all the sweat, tears, and sacrifice of chasing dreams have finally paid off. Until that day came, I wasn’t exactly able to channel my brains to think of that word when someone asks, “How’s life?” The retort was typically automatically generated based on the level of familiarity with the person inquiring. However, when was the last time you dared to respond, “Life is epic,” and actually meant it?

Epic.

Recently, I’ve challenged myself to reevaluate the topic of what it means to be epic. This 4 letter structure holds so much weight, and lately, had been dancing wildly in the fires of my mind. As the days passed by, I desired to experience this foreign concept, forbidden from everyday vernacular, on a deeper level, yet, clarity had not yet manifested. I wanted to know the word first-hand, beyond knowing it just for the sake of writing about it; to fall asleep and awake to the feel of its touch. But every night there was a void, because I still couldn’t fixate my mouth to say that life is epic and actually mean it.

…And one day, it just happened, much like love, appearing at my doorstep unexpectedly.

Now I know that to truly understand something-anything- requires a mental shift. It’s opening our hearts to the endless possibilities, rather than dwelling on circumstances and negativity, and to hold tightly to those moments that make one thankful to be alive. Living an epic life is finding purpose in each day, love in each soul, and bliss in every adventure. It’s feeling the sunrises/sunsets as they come and learning to appreciate the storms equally. Although the concept is still fairly new to me, every day I wake up with the intention to live on purpose that particular day, to maximize the 24 hours ahead of me the best way I know how, and not waste valuable time worrying about a future time that hasn’t arrived, has already passed, or the things I cannot control.

Life becomes epic when we are fully aware that every breath is a blessing, that being alive is a choice, not a coincidence, and that the universe will open doors when our minds are in the right place, and not a moment sooner. Ask yourself ‘Is my life epic?’ and if the answer is no, go out and live! The choice is yours.

-Chymere A.
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  1. Just want to say that I am so here for this. We've gottttta get out there and grab those experiences... life is for living!!

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  2. Ma'am, I looooooove! "Life becomes epic when we are fully aware that every breath is a blessing, that being alive is a choice, not a coincidence, and that the universe will open doors when our minds are in the right place, and not a moment sooner" <--------- I think this closing quote speaks volumes and definitely resonates with what I try to embody on a day to day basis. I don't want to say "I'm good" anymore when people ask me how I'm doing, it's too basic for lack of a better word. From now on, E for Epic is how I'm freaking doing lol

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    1. And that's what I admire so much about you; your spirit screams EPIC and you're always down for adventures! You go, Glen-co-co! lol

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  3. Truth spoken. Life is epic when we become aware how much each moment given is a blessing. I'm trying to live an epic life also. One that is not filled with forced enthusiasm, but one that is filled with joy in the simplicity of my experiences.

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  4. Absolutely amazing! Living an epic life is asking one to be unapologetically, courageously themselves and, I must say, that sounds like the best way to live. I'm here for it and it's great to see other women ready to take on the journey, too! Be epic!!

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  5. Great words. I made it my mission on Jan.1 of this year to make my life epic! It hasn't really gone as well as I would have liked but, it's not too late.

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    1. And what an incredible mission to have! Certainly not too late and can carry on into the upcoming year as well! Good luck!

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  6. *jumps up to match your high five* I appreciate that so much!

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  7. CHYMERE! I read this at the right time. You're absolutely right. The universe will reward you when it is the right time.

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  8. "Living an epic life is finding purpose in each day, love in each soul, and bliss in every adventure. It’s feeling the sunrises/sunsets as they come and learning to appreciate the storms equally." I love that and will probably use it (with your permission, of course) one day!

    I've thought about this but it has honestly never been of any familiarity to me--to live an epic life. I spend a lot of time trying to find peace in things I cannot control but that only comes after I worry myself to death about things that have passed or are yet to come.

    I'm breathing, I'm alive, but I'm only aware that I should be living. I know that I should be and often take life by the horns and ride unapologetically but I'm not fully living yet.

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  9. The words we utter out of our mouths have so much power over our lives, don't they?! All it takes, as you said, is the mental shift to start living TODAY the life that we want to manifest, and it will happen. Such an EPIC feeling!

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  10. Yes, yes, and yes! That closing quote is everything. We can all have an epic life. It's all in how you view it. I'm going to view mine that way.

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  11. I love your writing, I truly do. EPIC needs to be written on my mirror, I don't think I've ever said anything about my life was epic, but you make it seem feasible. Recognizing each moment, living with intention & looking for love/the good in everything and everyone...then we will know EPIC. Love it, great post!

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