ifIknew

ifIknew is a health initiative for young adults that uses a multi media approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20's and 30's.

If I Knew is a prevention education project that raises awareness about risky behaviors that can profoundly impact lives.

“Everything changed the day I figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in my life…."

We are all raised in a culture of “never enough”. Think about it. One of the first thoughts when we wake up in the morning is, “I didn’t get enough sleep last night” or “I won’t have enough time today.” The idea of “never enough” occurs automatically before questioning or examining it. We are constantly trying to make up lost time or recalculate our lives to give us more time. The ironic thing is, the more we worry about never having enough time or happiness the more we forget to appreciate what we do have. We forget how to stay in the present because we’re so busy thinking about the future and the past.

Take a second and think about the way you eat your food. Do you scarf it all down like a little kid who finally got a hold of all of the ice cream from the freezer? Or do you savor every single bite and appreciate the taste, the smell, and the textures?

When we come from a place of the feeling of scarcity, we are never satisfied. We rarely stop and appreciate what we have. If the stars came out once every thousand years, we would stay up all night and make new rituals around it. But the stars come out almost every single night so we stay inside our  homes and watch TV.

The opposite of “never enough” isn’t always “abundant and plenty” rather learning how to appreciate what you already have. Next time you feel bored or dissatisfied with your life, instead of turning on junk TV or going through an entire box of Oreos, take a moment to get in touch with what you are grateful for. I like to write it down. Maybe you’re grateful for a person or a friend. Maybe it’s the weather outside. Then pause for a moment, take a deep breath and take note of your beating heart. Even if it’s only for 30 seconds, just see what you notice.