In recent times I have noticed that much of modern life is spent trying to move it along faster and climb the ladder of society until you can make it to the top and find your happiness. The problem I see with this is that while chasing this ever elusive “happiness” you waste away your chance to make a difference.
Too many people wait to get their “life” started until they feel happy. Happy with themselves as a person, happy with their circumstances, happy with their finances, happy with their social status. But what tragically happens because of this is that they waste so much time that they can’t get back waiting around to be happy. As one of my inspirations, Lindsey Stirling, beautifully states, “Why postpone happiness? Why not find joy in the journey of life? We need to find joy in the simple, ordinary events that make up the everyday because that’s what we get the most of.” If you wait around to begin your life until you feel happy and content, you’ll be waiting for much too long. Waiting taks time, and time is one of the most precious things you have.
Don’t strive to feel happy, strive to feel alive. Happiness can depend on your circumstances, but life is a choice. Choose what makes you feel on fire. Choose to do the things that make you feel like you’re doing more than just breathing. That’s not true life, that’s just existing.
Life in the truest sense is doing small things greatly, challenging yourself daily, loving passionately, and making a difference even if it’s only in a small way. Life is believing that there’s something greater than yourself and knowing that you, individually, have a purpose to exist and a reason to be here.
Living isn’t just waking up, going to school, working a job, going about your day, and then going to sleep again at night. Living is being present in every moment and seeing an opportunity for greatness and beauty in everything. Even in the bad. If you wait around to get your life started until you feel happy, you will be waiting for too long.
Anyone can exist, but few people truly live.