When you think of the word value, what comes to mind? Is it the usefulness of something, the monetary worth, the standard you hold someone or something to or the beliefs that guide your actions? Maybe all that but today I’ll be talking about the latter.
According to Oxford languages, your values are “principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life.”
It is the guiding principles that run your life. Values are like your internal compass that dictate how you interact with the world, the things you pursue and what you stand for.
Everyone of us as values, even if you never though about it seriously. You have beliefs that shape how you live your life. Most of the time the values you have are passed down through the generations by your family. They are the ones who first show you the way to live your life. Then as you grow older and begin to associate with other people, you begin to adopt some of their values. Without a second thought you are living your life by other people’s standards. Nothing is wrong with that necessarily but I think it’s important to take time and analyse whether the life we are living is truly a reflection of ourselves.
Three of My Core Values
As I sit here writing this post and think about my life, I can immediately identify three core values that shape my life.
Technically these two would fall into two separate categories but for me they are very connected. Learning has always been a major part of my life. This was definitely a value that my parents instilled in me. I enjoy learning new skills and developing old ones. But not only that, I enjoy pushing myself to grow. I enjoying learning about myself in general and trying to understand the person I am. I also cherish learning about others and how we impact each other.
This is another core value that shapes how I live my life. I think for me this is also an extension of my belief in personal development. I truly believe that we have to do our best to take care of this body that we are blessed with and the mind that houses who we are. In my daily life, wellness is always on my mind. Because wellness is important to me, instilling healthy habits is fun and empowering for me. I enjoy taking care of my body through yoga, walking or other workouts and getting enough sleep. I take care of my mind by meditating, reading and listening to positive information. I take care of my emotions by writing in a journal and talking to myself (yes, mental conversations happen daily) or my partner. I’m working on my spiritual health through a combination of all these things. Actually, everyone one of these activities that I engage in daily affects the different aspects of me. I try to feed my mind, body and spirit daily.
From the things that interest me and my daily habits, creativity is definitely a contributing factor. I absolutely love creating content and expressing myself through my creations. Writing blog posts, creating Instagram posts, painting, drawing, all those things make me feel happy and fulfilled. Not only that but coming up with new ideas or trying new things are all part of the creative process.
At the core is Freedom
With these values, I can see that a major value that ties everything is freedom. The freedom to be me. The freedom to live my life the way I want to. The freedom to express myself the way I want. It’s no wonder that I feel so constrained in a job. A job is clashing constantly with my freedom to fully engage my life in the way I want to.
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Tell me what your core values are? Are you living your life in alignment with them?
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