Anais Nin: You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.


Deny yourself (Part One)

Deny yourself. It's not as simple as it sounds. Sometimes having a super-large ego is not the answer to all of your problems fresh out of high school, college, or anywhere for that matter.

Just what does that mean.....DENY YOURSELF?

Ever heard of a "leap of faith", or "stepping out on faith"? Have you ever heard someone say they were going to take a risk on something they were afraid to do simply because they did not know what would happen?
DENYING YOURSELF is 1) an unconventional approach to jumping into the world or society or a lifestyle not previously experienced; 2) forgetting any social norms, any inhibitions, any insecurities or any psychological, physical, or emotional barriers( no this is not something as simple as having a one night stand or getting a hair cut) before embarking on a journey or personal experience lasting for a considerable amount of time. (I MAY ADD MORE DEFINITIONS!)

Examples include:
~Traveling abroad by yourself or with a friend in the summer between years of college
~ Moving to a different state.
~Quitting your JOB and going back to SCHOOL

The benefits of Denying Yourself varies. What you decide to do and the manner in which you carry out your plans have a profound impact on it's outcome. 
If you are considering doing something outside of the ordinary or DENYING YOURSELF
answer these questions truthfully before pushing the "GO" button:

Why do I want to do this?

What will I get out of this?

Are there any potential consequences that could occur as a result of this personal journey into the unknown?(Physical, mental, emotional, social)
How long will this take? Will I be able to stick it through?

How will this affect other people?

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