Week 13 of 'The Great Wake Up!'
Looking back over the experiments completed so far, my biggest realisation is how a small change can make a real impact. This was something that I'd never really appreciated before. Whether it is spending a bit of time outdoors each day or looking out for opportunities to help others, I could see the benefits that each brought with them. They have all got me out of my day-to-day routine and experiencing something different.
With each experiment I've felt a greater sense of connection with myself and the world around me. Each one has taught me more about myself as an individual, and as part of the wider universe.
The free writing exercise helped me better understand how I was feeling and what was worrying me. It also made me more aware of the good things in my life. It did this by forcing me to look at all that 'stuff' that was going around inside my head so that I could get it out and onto paper. In the process it cleared my mind and helped me feel lighter as a result.
The week in which we had to reach out to help a stranger taught me something I wasn't expecting. I thought this would be an easy task for me, but in reality it was quite the opposite. I discovered that I come across very few strangers in my day-to-day life and when I did, it was difficult finding an appropriate opportunity to help them. However the biggest change for me was simply becoming more aware of what was going on around me so that I could take up any opportunities to help others. This, on its own, got me out of auto-pilot and being more mindful of what was going on around me.
The 'Indulge Your Passion' experiment was a tough one for me and was the first one I couldn't fully complete in the way that was outlined. But the biggest lesson was that it was okay to do things a bit differently so that it worked for me. For someone who has always had a deep fear of breaking rules, this made the experiment the most valuable so far.
And then last week we had to embrace nature. I really wasn't sure how I would find this and whether it would be an easy or a not-so-easy week. But I did indeed embrace the task, along with embracing nature. I enjoyed the early signs of Spring and all the benefits that that brings with it, in particular connecting with my surroundings.
Since starting this project, I have become more interested in my self-development and taking part in the Great Wake Up has encouraged me to create my own personal 'happy experiments' based on what I know I need to work on and what I've learned through reading books and completing a number of courses. I'm at the start of that journey but can't wait to see what it brings. Anyone interested can head on over to my website and take a look.