Breaking Bad: How Walter White’s Motive Continues to Replay in My Head…

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I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for some time now, since the final episode of Breaking Bad was aired. I, myself, have not been a Breaking Bad fanatic like many of you but I did see several episodes including the grand finale that sparked my interest.  This post will not be about the morality of the show but rather a quote that was said by Walter White in the final episode that spoke to me on a deeper level that continues to replay in my head.

Walter White lied, broke the law and killed, all for his family {so we thought} up until the very end when he confessed his true motive. It was near the end of the episode when Walt said to his wife, Skyler…”I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … alive.

Nothing too dramatic but yet so powerful – it’s brilliant! Not the lying, cheating, or killing of course but the mere fact that Walter White did something he liked, he was good at and something that made him feel ALIVE.

What makes you feel alive? Often times I think we go through our day to day life feeling monotonous with very little room for highs and lows. I mention lows here because I feel that you can’t get to an extraordinary high or feeling of liveliness unless you’ve struggled with a few lows. But how often do we really feel ourselves feeling alive, amazing and purposeful? If you experience this often and have found your true passion, what an amazing success!

Like many of us, I have yet to capitalize on what makes me feel alive but I can tell you one thing, I am in the process of making my passion a reality. I look at the contestants on The Voice and see the passion and excitement in their eyes as they get up there on stage and sing their hearts out. It’s so touching to me because I can see in their expression how amazing they feel. Or I experience yoga instructors who seem so at peace with life and purpose that they want to share their practice with others.

It’s an amazing feeling when you walk away from a situation or an event that leaves you feeling alive. I truly believe that we all have a purpose in life and should have the opportunity to chase our passion. If financial issues get in the way or motivation is a road block for you, get back on your horse and give it another shot. See how it makes you feel, follow your passion in your free time and see what comes of it. You never know, you may be surprised to see what it can do in your life and your overall happiness.

Follow your dreams…come alive!

Balancing Act…

balanceWhat I have learned in the last few weeks has had a huge impact on me. It makes so much sense and is very simple. Health is not just about one’s diet and fitness level alone but rather supplemented with a true balance in one’s relationships, career, social life, spiritually, finances, and education – a more holistic approach to bringing joy and satisfaction into one’s life.

Often times we are so focused on our outside appearance but how often do we actually sit down and evaluate the way we feel inside. Is our job stressing us out? Are we involved in toxic relationships? Have we lost sight of any spirituality that use to make us feel connected?

For me personally, I have spent the last few weeks reflecting on this and working to establish this balance. When I am stressed, I crave sugar. How can I control the stress at work and reduce my cravings for sugar? When I don’t sleep I tend to eat carbohydrates like they are going out of style (this is actually a very common response to sleepiness for that quick sugar rush). Many things can contribute to us overeating and ultimately regretting our food choices, but what’s at the core of that?

Listening to our bodies is the first step. Know that the way we deal with our relationships, careers, spirituality and so forth can ultimately affect our nutrition and fitness level. Be mindful of your habits and take note of how you feel at those particular moments. If you find yourself eating something unwarranted regularly, take note of it, this may be what your body wants but not what it needs.