I think we all have an idea of things that we not only like, but love. I know that I like chocolate ice cream and I love time with my family, but what I am talking about are those things that evoke memories that stimulate your senses. The things that you can almost smell and feel just by thinking of them no matter how long ago they happened.
How often do you sit down and not only think of those things, but write them down. Put them into a list of memories. A list that you can pull out, add to, and not only use to remember but to also plan your future.
I did that yesterday. I have a gratitude journal and I use it to write down the things that I am grateful for in my life, but I also decided to use it as a memory journal that I can use to reignite my passions.
I found when I was making my list that many of the things I truly have liked in my life go back to my childhood. They are things like the potting shed in my grandparent's florist, feeling warm breezes, bookmobiles, riding our pony by myself down country roads, going to old country thrift stores, and the taste of well water that was pumped into a metal cup.
I wonder how I lost sight of these things and how I can incorporate these feelings back into my life. I am lucky that the florist is still there and I can still wander back into the potting shed. Bookmobiles are a thing of the past, but I bet there are some small town libraries out there. Even though I no longer ride ponies, there are plenty of country roads to wander down and I'm sure I can find some old country antique places to sift through.
I am going to continue to add to my list, because I know I have reached a time in my life where I want to experience the things that I really like again.
Do you have memories stowed away? Things that brought you joy? Things that pull at your senses? Make a list. I bet you will be surprised at some of the things that come up, and I encourage you to try and experience some of them again.