At some point in our lives, we start to realize that we have emotional baggage. Perhaps someone points it out to us, or perhaps we are shown by circumstances. However the information reaches you, it is your responsibility to take the next step. Most people live unconsciously; meaning, repeat the same patterns over and over again, bemoaning the same result with all their "friends," finally coming to the conclusion that you need a drink, vacation, meaningless fling, or shopping spree, to make you "feel better.' After you have successfully avoided your emotions, the whole process repeats itself over and over until there is a breaking point. The most common breaking point is illness, but injuries (physical or emotional) are at the top of the list, as well.
20 years ago, I was married to a wealthy man, planning a family, and generally not concerned with the future. 11 years later, I became a divorcee with two sons, and the playing field changed. Suddenly, I had to deal with lonely nights, financial issues, all while maintaining a brave face for my two young sons. I resorted to drinking as a companion, along with all the habits that come along with that choice. After a few years of this, my body broke down and would not allow me to drink any longer. I would become violently ill after a drink or two, and my "friends" dropped away, as I wasn't entertaining to them any longer. I was forced to look at all my baggage, and it was not pretty. I soon found other distractions, and one of them was food, and cooking. I became immersed in cooking, health, and diet. It was fun while it lasted, but soon, I was unable to afford the expensive ingredients that I needed, and so again, I was at a loss. I spent a few difficult years learning how to balance my budget, and the shopping addiction was revealed. I had a huge closet full of clothing that I never wore, for one reason or another.
Finally, I began to realize that I had been placing my Happiness in external things, and people, instead of just dealing with my baggage and creating my Happiness from within. I didn't need to take another class, or read another book, I just needed to search myself for the answers that were there all along. I am reminded of a quote from a song by America:
10 years after my divorce, I am now building a career that I love, my oldest son is in college, and I am Happy. I don't have a lot of money, or a huge group of friends, but I am rebuilding my ideal for who I want to be. I am free from the expectations of wearing designer clothing and drinking bottles of wine. I am excited to go on my beach walks, and spend time with my younger son. I have discovered that the simple pleasures in life are best when you come from a place of contentment and peace. I do not need any distractions to accept and enjoy who I have become, after unpacking a lot of baggage, and getting rid of those things which do not serve my higher purpose any longer.
Be free, and be Happy!