Musings of an Enthusiast

“What makes me, me?” you ask.

I mean, you asking that about me, Meredith. Not you asking yourself the question about yourself.

Or maybe you are asking that question about yourself.

It’s a good question to ask and quite frankly, its exactly how I came to start Everyday Enthusiastic.

For the past several years, I’ve struggled with this question in a way that seemed ridiculous for a late twenty-something [is there such a thing as a quarter-life crisis? – cause if so, I’ve had that].

If you haven’t been faced with the question of “What makes me, me?” then that’s awesome, because its one less thing for you to worry about. But if you have struggled with it before, I think we can all agree, it sucks.

But, with every challenge, with every question we seek to answer, we learn a little more and by the end of it hopefully, we’ve grown some too.

And that is exactly what I am trying to do.  

If someone asked me to describe myself in one word, I used to say outgoing. Because I truly am. I love people. I thrive on people. Friends, family, strangers - I gain energy from interactions with them all. I am, dare I say it…a “people person”.

However, I’ve started to feel like that descriptor is a bit of a cop-out. I mean, really? Is my vocabulary so limited? [maybe it is, eek! – someone get me a thesaurus!]

So then it hit me, right at that enlightening time in the morning when you’ve just gotten out of the shower and are getting ready, right before the day’s to-do list has run laps around your head twelve times - BAM! I’m enthusiastic! And not just about one hobby or one cause or one task or one person – I am authentically genuinely enthusiastic about life.

In fact, it’s the word I hear people use the most to describe my energy, my presence, my words.

Why in the heck did it take me so long to get here myself? [doh!, head smack]

Does this one realization answer all my questions? Of course not. But its one piece solved in the giant-sized gajillion pieced puzzle that is me, and by god, I’m gonna run with it!

And so Everyday Enthusiastic came into the world.

Maybe EE will make you laugh, inspire you to start something or try something new, maybe it will make you feel not alone, maybe it will make you smile.

If I can share my enthusiasm for life with one person, maybe then they will in turn share it with another, and we will together spread throughout the world love, joy, positivity, happiness [also warmth, spirit, passion as listed in the thesaurus under enthusiasm – I grabbed it at the third paragraph…].

A lofty goal? Sure. Ridiculous? Maybe.

The way I see it though, if you don’t have an exciting destination, you’ll never know where to place your first step.