1. decide it’s okay to let go: When I walked away from Maybury Farms, when I let that go, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. You have to know that whatever you are holding onto does not belong to you, living or inanimate. It is not yours. That makes it easier to let go.
2. don’t hold on so hard: I was holding on so hard to the farm that I couldn’t enjoy myself. I mostly had panic attacks, anxiety so bad that I had to take pills before each tour. I couldn’t even enjoy the children. How do you enjoy tours with 50 children each? I was overwhelmed, too low self-esteem and way little voice projection. If we hold on too hard, all we come away with are empty fists and tense shoulders.
3. decide what you truly want: I know I still want to give back to the community somehow, I just learned that this is not the way. Sometimes we fall many times before we find our way. I know I want animals; farm animals may not be them. I may walk dogs for exercise for a veterinarian or something. When we know what we want, it’s easier to let go of what we don’t want.
4. don’t ask too many people for advice: I only called one person when I was about to leave the farm, and that was my counselor. I called him twice and he didn’t get back to me in time. So I made the decision on my own. The problem with asking multiple people what they think is we often get multiple answers and it muddies up the water. Yuck. No one wants that. 🙂
5. don’t listen to what others say after you let go: You’ll get all kinds of opinions after you make your decision to let go, but really—what do you care? All that matters is how you feel. Do you feel happy, relaxed, free? Then ignore them all.
6. celebrate your freedom: You just have to do something to celebrate your new found freedom, even if it’s something as simple as going to the DQ. You. Are. Free. It’s not usually simple, and it’s not usually easy, so make a huge freakin’ deal out of this. ❤
Ciao, Bella. xx
5 thoughts on “Is It Giving Up Or Letting Go?”
I love this post. I often struggle with the fine line between acceptance/letting go and giving up. You have some practical ideas here that are helpful for me in my own personal journey. Thanks! 🙂
Thanks, Michele! I think I struggled with those ideas too, and writing the post helped me sort them through. Weird, huh? 😉
Great advice here. I think there is a huge difference between giving up and letting go…one can give up and yet still not, let go. giving up is the easier part, completely letting go…that takes so much more.
Thanks Kev. I think you’re right. Also, I think of giving up as more a physical kind of act and letting go mental, if that makes sense. Thanks for reading!
Absolutely it makes sense. It’s so much easier to walk away from something by physically removing yourself than to deal with the consequences of the mind. 🙂