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Life

Filtering by Tag: Positivity

Souled Out

Rakiya George

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.
Captured in Jersey City, Shot by  Chase Whetstone  | Shades by  Styling Stingy

Captured in Jersey City, Shot by Chase Whetstone | Shades by Styling Stingy

We are constantly thinking, We are thinking of our futures, times from the past, and thinking in the present as we are constantly making moves. If there was an option to stop thinking would you take it? I honestly daydream unconsciously all of the time. I'm simply hungry for a change; I'm always thinking about doing/being better. Some people prefer to run away from thinking; in a nutshell running away from their issues. I'll be honest, I try to run away from my issues as well, but you have to take them on; face what is right in front of you. 

I appreciate my solitude, it's where I get most of my thinking done. I plan my next post, I plan my next goal, I think of the life I want to have. I'm doing good, but can always do better; I want to be great. Our minds are constantly going, and our thought process is constantly evolving. Thinking of what is yet to come, is exciting, however you need to really appreciate what's going on in your life right now. The present is what prepares you for the future. 

In those moments where I'm staying to myself and finding spiritual peace within, it is simply to get my mind right for whatever is coming my way. You can only think for yourself, and as I look back at times where I tried to think for others, I've realized that I was always unsuccessful. You cannot change a mind that is already made up; it took so many life lessons for that to process in my head. To thoroughly understand that yes, you can have an influence on someone, but you cannot dictate the decisions they choose to make. You've tried your hardest to make someone see what you have to offer, and try to paint a picture for them to look forward to, but they refuse to add color to your picture. That's a person who unbeknownst has had their mind made up already. In situations like that, it is very hard to let go, because your mind already has an idea fixated on how things should be. Just as often as your mind can change, situations can change just as quickly too. 

Captured in Jersey City, Shot by  Chase Whetstone  | Shades by  Styling Stingy

Captured in Jersey City, Shot by Chase Whetstone | Shades by Styling Stingy

When I'm thinking about something, I'm always thinking of what my soul would react to. I don't put myself in situations where an uncertainty is bound to occur. I try to think as positively as possible, even when the odds aren't in my favor, but I strongly believe that if you have a positive mind-set, positive things will occur. If you're always negative or doubtful, how can you think that anything good will happen for you? No matter what you are going through, I think its best to think positive. There are millions of other people possibly in the same predicament as you, so stressing on what is out of your control, is never needed. 

I've watched people wither away because they refuse to get out of their negative thoughts. It's absolutely draining to think of the worst constantly. Your body reacts to what your mind is processing, thinking so negatively can change your entire demeanor. This change is noticeable to everyone around you. It's literally like a dark cloud is following you everywhere you go. My mind set has gotten like that from time to time, and I've always felt heavy. Heavy with doubt, heavy with uncertainty, and my soul was aching to be relived. 

Captured in Jersey City, Shot by  Chase Whetstone  | Shades by  Styling Stingy

Captured in Jersey City, Shot by Chase Whetstone | Shades by Styling Stingy

All it takes is a simple positive idea to make your entire body feel alive. At the end of the day, everyone has a vision of where they want to be in life. It is attainable, but you have to greatly appreciate how far you've come and what's going on for you right now in this particular moment. When I used to get in these sad-negative funks, I always thought about what was occurring for me right now, and how thankful I ought to be for being in this particular state. You've got to listen to your soul and your body when it is telling you to make a change. There is always a silver lining in any situation, you just have to think of it.  

Own It

Rakiya George

"You'll Never Find A Rainbow, If You Are Looking Down" 

Pessimism, doubt, fear, these are all things that hold you back from accomplishing your goals. No matter what you try to achieve, there will always be that underlying feeling of not being successful, and do you know what I say to that? F**k Off; do you!

Captured in Bayonne, NJ | Shot by  Joel Serrano

Captured in Bayonne, NJ | Shot by Joel Serrano

Everything takes time, and what I've learned in this past year, is that you have to be patient. Spiritually I've grown this past year as well, and I do not speak of it openly, but I'm a firm believer when I say that God doesn't make mistakes. Everything happens for a reason, and everything can get done as long as you stick to it and remain positive. I thoroughly believe that pessimism is a disease created to discourage and distract you; constantly talking yourself out of something is draining. You start to not believe in yourself and that isn't healthy. You have to be your biggest fan before anyone else, but if you're presenting yourself to the world, and you aren't confident, how is anyone supposed to believe you? You have to be real with yourself before anything. Taking a leap of faith is always scary, and unpredictable, but staying confident has to be your number one priority when making any sort of life change. 

Captured in Bayonne, NJ | Shot by  Joel Serrano

Captured in Bayonne, NJ | Shot by Joel Serrano

I remember when I used to always think negatively about EVERYTHING. A friend would give me an idea, and I would list everything that could possibly go wrong. It. Isn't. Healthy. Just from shooting down every possible idea, I felt heavy with constant doubt and negativity. I wasn't myself anymore, life wasn't fun. Your mind can take you to places that are either really beneficial to you as well as detrimental to you. I personally hate overthinking, but when you're feeling slightly low, or even a tad bit stressed, that's all your mind seems to do.

Captured in Bayonne, NJ | Shot by  Joel Ser rano

Captured in Bayonne, NJ | Shot by Joel Serrano

The logic that comes from overthinking is somewhat comical. For example, when you overthink about why your significant other didn't text you back for two hours; if you're insecure enough, you automatically think they're doing wrong, but then when you start to overthink, you think of 85 people they could possibly be doing wrong with, send a long ass paragraph of why this person isn't shit, and then when they finally reply with"I was just taking a nap", you calm yourself down immediately and de-escalate. Isn't that insane?! Overthinking is the Devil! It's such a tiring and negative thing to do to yourself.  

For any situation, listing pros and cons is essential, but to completely desert any idea because you only thought of the bad that can come from it, isn't the best way to live your life; it isn't productive. Over time, I've taught myself to not think negatively automatically, because when people come to me for advice or ask me if they should venture off into something, I automatically tell them yes and that they should go for it. I plant that idea in their head, and wish them all the best, so I have to have that same mind-set when it comes to myself. Practice what you preach. I used to give advice all day, but never actually incorporated it into my own life, and it made me feel extremely hypocritical. 

Take baby steps when thinking about your next move. I literally ooze positivity and optimism now; ask my wonderful friends. I basically say "F**k Off" to anything that opposes my goal. Having a strong, positive mind-set can really change your mood around. Instead of walking around with a dark cloud, I am skipping with a ray of sunshine. I can't be stopped, I can't be persuaded otherwise, I'm getting shit done.

There is always a rainbow in my view! 

Captured in Bayonne, NJ | Shot by  Joel Serrano

Captured in Bayonne, NJ | Shot by Joel Serrano