What is your Element?

Picture this: It’s Friday afternoon. You have the next two and a half days to do anything you want, go wherever you want, with whoever you want. No classes to sit through. No meetings to attend. No tests to study for. No chores to finish. No deadlines to meet. Just you and the weekend.

So what would you do?

Where would you go?

Who would you take with you?

Do you have your answer? I bet I can guess what it is.

Well…maybe I can’t guess exactly what it is. I’m good, but not that good. But what I can tell you is that no matter what your answer was, it probably had something to do with being in your element.

You know the feeling. When you’re in your element, you’re operating in your own area of expertise or comfort. You’re doing something you enjoy. You’re in your sweet spot. You’re confident. You’re relaxed. You’re having the time of your life. And that right there is a pretty incredible feeling.

Everyone has something or somewhere that makes him feel like they’re in their element. Maybe being in your element looks like this:

Starry skies. Crickets chirping in the background. The smell of a roaring campfire. Chocolate and marshmallows dripping down your hands after that first bite of your s’more. And the laughter of your closest friends finishing out the evening’s soundtrack.

Or maybe it looks like this (if you prefer fewer wild animals and the option of indoor plumbing):

Waking up at 6am to watch the sun play peek-a-boo with the horizon. Waves crashing on the shoreline, just far up enough to tickle your toes. Singing along to the country music blaring in the background. The salty breeze bringing some relief from the heat. And then watching the sun paint the sky orange before it dips back down into the water.

Whether it’s camping, beach bumming, or something completely different, one of the best feelings in the world is being in your element. It’s a special thing to be able to do something you love, in a place you love, with the people you love. So next time Friday rolls around, pack up that camping gear, grab those beach chairs, or just gather up a few friends, and go bask in your element. I promise you there’s nothing quite like it.

By:  Kristen Camp

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