Written by Melissa Robert
Originally adapted from Sound the City
How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself
Life. It starts off with a blank canvas. As we go through it we start scribbling to a point where we have no clue what’s written on it anymore. A common terminology for such a state of mind is known as a ‘life crisis’.
The question then arises:
‘What would you like to achieve in life?’
Truth be told, this isn’t too hard of a question to answer. Everybody wants just about the same things in life. To be loved. To be happy. To be healthy. And to be free from financial worries. I mean, if given, who would deny such offers? But what are the statistics of people being fulfilled in these aspects? If you ask me, not the majority. And then we come to the topic of what exactly true happiness is. As mentioned by one of my favourite bloggers, Tim Ferris, the opposite of happiness, is not sadness. But in fact, boredom. Excitement is the key. Do something that excites you each day and chances are, you’ll feel significantly happier. Routine and mundanity are the perfect ingredients for discontentment and a lack of inspiration. Many may prefer staying in their comfort zone. I mean its implicit in the term itself: It’s comfortable. Often enough we stray away from doing the things that scare us. But magic happens when you step out of your comfort zone. Think about it: Doesn’t what scare you, too excite you?
There’s not only joy and amusement in the extraordinary, but in the ordinary as well. See excitement in the little things . That’s when life turns around 180 degrees. Commit to learning something new everyday, then take those little (or life-changing) lessons to enrich your life bit by bit, little by little. In hope that someday, you look back and think to yourself: ‘ I’ve lived, i’ve grown and i’m more than contented. I’m happy.’ If you can’t change the world, change yourself. Begin to see more than what you could yesterday. I believe that’s the goal we should all strive to achieve. Happiness is a state of mind, something you can proactively control. Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective or take on life. And in my opinion, the only way you can do that is to embrace yourself with the new and to dare to dream.
So yes. I encourage you to get out and see more so you can feel more. It’s worth it to be uncomfortable.