The search for happiness seems destitute and hopeless more often than not. But, behold… I give you wise advice! “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for such sage words, they were spoken by the great and inimitable Dr. Seuss. Wise man, he is!
Oftentimes, it’s not a question of finding happiness, but rather creating it. Our human nature convinces us otherwise, or maybe it’s simply society that has tricked us into believing the grass is always greener where you are not. Either way, it is an endless and arduous journey in creating one’s own happiness, but one well worth taking.
I think it is more common in today’s world to clam up and stow away one’s self. Whereas, we have the whole world in front of us ready for the taking (travelling, eating, meeting and greeting and such). Why hide ourselves away when there is still so much left to experience. When spring is in the air, and the breeze is gentle, and the flowers begin to bloom, (so do allergies, too) and the sun is brightly shining- this is the time to take advantage of.
And yes, you may very well say, “but, I’m too busy”! Well, enough of that! Take an extra ten minutes in the morning to meditate, to make some goals, to step out onto your porch and just breathe the summer heat.
You know the saying, ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person’? Of course, because they’re always moving from thing to thing, from event to event, from work to more work.
Busy-ness is not the enemy of happiness or living-in-the-moment, but rather it is the fast-paced intake of it. It’s the progressive, vigorous creation of it.
For those of us who enjoy having more spare time to ourselves, then make sure to be just as productive with that time. Create a weekly or monthly bucket list and see just how many goals you can complete and conquer within the allotted time. It’s fun, I promise!
Plan an easy three-day road trip with your spouse or a few friends. Visit a museum, go see an exhibition you’ve been dying to go to. Buy those paints and that block of canvas you’ve had your eye on for months. Go take a second language course, in Italian or Portuguese (one of the few romantic languages). Go on a four hour hike. Sign yourself up for a cooking class. Or if you only have a few hours to spare, go see a movie with some popcorn, or enjoy a meal with a loved one. Or, hell, get a tattoo!
These activities and hobbies that we take part in don’t have to break the bank either. You can choose something as easy as reading a book or a ride on your bike. If not, you can save up. Make a list and prioritize; be certain you’re spending your money on the right things. It’s amazing what $20 will get you.
All in all, make time for your own needs and wants this warm season! No one can grant you happiness but yourself at the end of the day. You’ve earned it just by breathing! Just by being who you are and where you are, in this very moment.
Because as a wise man once said, “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
Let’s make that our Mantra for the time being!