By Steven Greenberg
Has somebody ever told you to let go? In my journey, I have realized that the most important thing in being free, in being happy, is letting go. That being said it is also the hardest thing to do. We are raised a specific way, and are constantly told to act the way we are supposed to. We place all of these expectations on ourselves and try our best to strive for the ideal. With all of these things, it seems like an impossible task to let go, but it is possible.
There are so many different levels of truly letting go. For example, letting go of the image of who you think you need to be is different than letting go of physical pleasures. But, I want to focus on letting go of who you think you need to be. We all have that image of who we would like to be or even who we think we need to be. However, if you can let go of that image, you can appreciate life so much more. You will be able to enjoy everything to the fullest without needing or expecting anything. Doesn’t that sound nice? But how do we get there? How do we even begin to let go of possession? Well, I wish I had a straight answer for you. The truth is that everyone must find their own way of beginning this transformation. Some days you might find it easier to let go of worry and live in the moment. Other days you might be so incredibly stressed out that you eat 5 chocolate bars because stressed spelled backwards is desserts. But in all seriousness, the important thing is to keep trying. If you can start each day with the intention of letting go of something, then you have already taken the first step and you will be a little lighter.
Now, letting go of external pleasures is a little different. By external pleasures, I mean anything outside of you. This could be drugs and alcohol, it could be sex, or it could be working out. Maybe it’s listening to music. Whatever it is for you, you have to ask yourself, why? Why am I doing this? Maybe you do it because you enjoy it, or maybe you’ll find that you are letting yourself engage in whatever it is to escape. To avoid whatever it is that you are feeling. These are the things you have to be careful of. The problem with avoiding your emotions is that they don’t go away. They will sit there and affect you in every way possible until you decide to confront them. Human’s natural coping mechanism is to avoid. You have to fight against that urge to take the easy way out. Ask yourself; are you engaging in short term pleasure in exchange for long term pain? Are you letting yourself take the easy path, letting yourself grow farther and farther away from your potential. At some point in your life, you will have to confront these emotions and so you might as well start now. Believe in yourself…and you will! You are capable of so much more than you realize.