21 Days of Change - Day 17 (Read about days 1-16 on my facebook page)
Hedonism -the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life.
mid 19th century: from Greek hēdonē ‘pleasure’ + -ism.
Someone gave me an exercise to try yesterday. Take every area of my life, and find adjectives to describe the energy I desire to create. Areas like - body, family, business, money. I kept coming back to words like ease, joy, happiness, laughter, fun. I knew there had to be a more all encompassing word I wasn't thinking of, and 5 minutes ago, it hit me. Hedonistic.
I don't know about you, but for most of my life, this is not a word I would have wanted associated with me. For some reason, hedonistic ranked right up there with words like lazy and selfish, and had a sexual connotation to it that "good girls" should stay away from. I would rather you think I was hard working, unhappy and self sacrificing than hedonistic.
And that's where the shift occurred for me today. Why shouldn't life be about pleasure? Why would I want to make it hard? Just so others wouldn't judge me for having it too easy? What if we all chose pleasure? What if the purpose of life was to have fun? If everyone was doing what was required to make themselves happy, instead of making a futile attempt to make everyone else around them happy, wouldn't we all have a better life?
There is still a hesitancy to write these words, even though they ring so true for me. There is still a part of me that worries about the judgment, what people will think, how I will be perceived. In Access Consciousness® we say that every time someone judges you you make money, and every time you avoid judgment you lose money. I'm ready to live my life from pleasure instead of pain. Hedonism instead of sacrifice. And I'm finally willing to accept any judgement that goes along with it. Cha-ching.