Life is one big and complicated maze into the unknown. Even when you think you have everything all ﬁgured out, something (or someone) comes along and throws you a curve ball. There may be times that you believe being completely happy isn’t in the cards for you. In a sense, you’re kind of right. To be fully and incandescently happy would mean that there is nothing else to look forward to—that it literally cannot get any better than this exact moment in time. With that being said, it is deﬁnitely important to stay in the present moment and appreciate everything that today brings. If we spend too much time allowing our thoughts to dwell in the past, or to dream of whatever the future may hold, then we ultimately cannot feel completely happy in the present.
Personally, I’m one of those who feel nostalgic for the future. My key to discovering happiness within my day-to-day existence (and avoiding an existential crisis) is fairly simple: focus on the little things. Listen to music that gives you goosebumps, bask in the glory of a sunny day (or a rainy one should that be your preference), read your favourite book with a cup of your favourite tea, spend time with the people you love, work out, meditate, write, make art, etc. Spend at least a small portion of your day doing something that brings you joy. Even if you live a busy lifestyle, it’s important to separate some time to take care of yourself.
Happiness can be found everywhere—we just need to open our eyes to the world around us and appreciate what is right there in front of us. Take a moment to acknowledge how green the tree leaves looks against a grey sky, your partner’s adorable crooked smile, the weight of a new book in your hands, the smell of coffee in the morning, the edgeless expanse of the universe— and the part you play in that.
Although extremely cliche, it is important to “stop and smell the ﬂowers” every once in a while. Appreciate where you were and where you’re going, but don’t forget to appreciate where you are now, present tense.
© 2015 Reef Magazine