Our Wildway Crew highlights ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Within each of us lies the potential to live life to the fullest. We have the ability to choose our own destiny, live without fear or limits, challenge ourselves and grow, do and be whatever makes us happy. We have the ability to be free. It's how you live a Wildway of life and there are people all around us inspiring others with their actions. We want to celebrate that by highlighting and honoring those who #LiveWild. (More on that here)
Meet this week's featured Wildway Crew member:
Outlook = “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” –Harold Whitman
Meet Kassiah. By society's standards she had it all - house, career, significant other - but for some reason she felt like something was still missing. So that's when Kassiah decided to let go of everything and embark on a journey to find her truth.
Here is Kassiah's story in her own words:
"My Wildway of life began with me trying to “find myself”. The problem starts with this fast-paced society we are born into where we are told money, material possessions, job titles, etc. are what marks a happy, successful life. So that’s what we chase and some do so fearlessly, like myself, running in what can feel like a hamster wheel chasing this success. But if we work and strive and work and succeed, one day getting to the top, many find themselves looking around thinking “this is it?”. What’s not realized is that happiness, which is true success, is not found in a destination or in things, so you are left feeling insatiable inside with this mindset that “the grass is always greener on the other side”. It’s because the soul, your inner being, actually yearns for something much more deep than these external validations. Something more real, more meaningful, and a lot more heartfelt that this world fails to teach us. Only after being run down in this race myself did I start wondering what it was you actually need in order to truly be fulfilled and happy in life.
It was only last year when a culmination of life stressors pushed me to feeling completely overwhelmed in life, over-worked, and most importantly -- unhappy. I had everything that is perceived to be a “good, successful life”. I had just bought a newly constructed home on my own, I had a very loving, adventurous boyfriend, an already established “career” as a nurse in the trauma hospital downtown, am also an officer in the Air Force Reserve and a full time graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin. That sounds great right? Successful. But all of this and I remember thinking to myself what is wrong with me? I felt like I had everything going for me, but why am I feeling like this? Hurting, sad, lonely, unsatisfied, run down all the time? Looking back, I had been fighting life for a long time coming. I was going against the direction the divine was trying to direct me to until I had begun to completely break down. All of these false truths I was chasing will let you crumble in the face of hardships. I remember telling my boyfriend at the time that I may appear like I have it all together on the outside but I am falling apart at the seams. I was doing too much, taking on too much and not following my truth.
So how did I handle this pain that was being shown to me? I surrendered. I let go of everything I was holding on to so tightly, that I was told makes a great life, in order to allow room for divine guidance. I let go of my supportive boyfriend. I left my stable career job at the hospital. I withdrew from school over summer. I even turned in my leased car without plans to buy a new one for while because I knew I needed to empty myself completely in order to understand what fills me up. So I isolated myself from the world, from society, and I let myself ache -- but I healed. I accepted myself exactly where I was and I started lending myself an unconditional love that would soon be a light like nothing I had ever experienced before.
True inner peace and happiness comes from within. It’s a mindset, a state of being – through mindfulness. To truly be happy in the now and not with a destination or acquirement of something begins with gratitude for every little thing in the present moment; the air, the smell of flowers, the feel of water rushing over you, the view of a sunset. I began feeling alive again. Eventually I would look in the mirror and see something much bigger than my outside appearance. I saw love. You see, something amazing happens when we surrender and let ourselves be filled with love. The world softens when we soften. You see more beauty in the world when you find more beauty in yourself. The world loves you more when you love the world! With our thoughts, and what we hold in our hearts are what makes up the world we experience because life is nothing but a reflection of what’s going on inside of you.
I not only found true inner peace and happiness, but a passion was born. My passion for life, my passion for love, my passion to learn to creatively express myself, my passion to give back to this world! To do my part to make it a better place, whatever that may be. This new born passion launched me to chasing my truth, my soul’s purpose, my mission in life, not success. And then a series of synchronicities began unfolding. Synchronicities are more than just meaningful coincidences; they are winks from the universe letting you know that you are on the right path.
Life flows with you when you let go and let guidance. And when you love yourself and are in alignment with who you are, you begin attracting everything. Your life will not just flow but bloom and thrive! My pharmacology professor called me and asked if I would like to be a teaching assistant for his pharmacology students making an absurd amount per hour compared to my previous hospital job. The Air Force offered for me to deploy for a month where unfortunately and fortunately our mission was just put on standby for that duration but I was able to explore Europe while being paid. It somehow worked out that I rented out another room in my house to where now my mortgage is taken care of each month by my roommates. School become ridiculously easy, like a dream! Where the only homework was pass/fail and there was not a single exam this semester. Life became a trip for me. It sure has its way to shake you up when you are not following your truth, the path you were meant to be on. But I am grateful for it because now, I am living a life full of love and joy with purpose and gratitude!"
Live Wild. Embrace Wild.
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