Vision boards are well known and well liked and I’m sure people are questioning why I have a problem with them.
Vision boards are a look into your future and I’m sure I’m not alone in being unsure of what my future holds for me, maybe I’ll buy a car and have a family or maybe I will travel the world and enjoy the peace and quiet of being by myself. For me looking into the future is a blank board and feeling like I need a set plan of where things are going actually stresses me out.
Most people glamorize there vision boards with cute diamond stud stickers and colourful flowers, they put pictures of big beautiful houses and perfect families but for me that doesn’t help me feel good about my life… for one I don’t care for money or necessarily having my own family but I also don’t care to focus on things that aren’t in my near future.
Instead of a vision board I decided to do a “Life worth living” board, when I started therapy I was asked “what are your life worth living goals?” It took me a while but I came up with some.. slowly I’ve added to the list and now I’m making it a visual that I can see every day so on my hardest days I have a picture of my little brother, my friends, my loved ones and messages they have sent me so that it can make me pause before acting.
The main question I asked myself when deciding what to put on this board was .. “what do I need right now in my life?” I don’t need pictures of a future car or a place I want to travel, right now, today I need reminders of why I should stay alive and keep fighting. So that’s what I created. I focused on all things that will help me get past the next moment, hour or day.
There’s nothing wrong with vision boards! Don’t get me wrong! For some people they work great! I’m sharing this because for me this is what is best! And I’m hoping if anyone else out there is struggling that this idea might be able to help them as well!
I also want to say that I ended up with two boards and at first I felt the need to fill in all the space but I decided that I would leave space so I can add to it over time. If I hear an inspiring quote or a get a touching message I can add it to my reminders.
In case your wondering! I used a mix of magazine cut outs, photos and images from the internet!
Best of luck!