The older I get, the more I enjoy simplicity. My desire to have more, do more and be more has come and gone; today I am finally in a place where I can just enjoy being.
Instead of looking at “what’s next,” I have begun to truly focus on where I am at; for paying attention is when you begin to notice the magic.
Today, I enjoy being present.
I spoke with a friend the other day about happiness, love and fulfillment. He shared his insight on what love really means:
“The reality is, we are programmed by society to gain happiness through success, work and love. For me, love doesn’t have to mean a person. Love is that overwhelming feeling of joy. Waking up excited that you have the whole day ahead for you to conquer.
Here’s the thing: anyone who hasn’t failed, hasn’t cried, hasn’t questioned the meaning of everything, ultimately hasn’t lived. Look at where you’ve lived, what you’ve done, who you’ve met and who you’ve made laugh or smile. Your accomplishments are incredible. Have there been times where it’s failed? Of course, but that is part of living.”
His kind words meant the world to me, but also made me reflect. Over the past few years I have learned to accept my failures and realized that they were part of the journey that helped shape me into the person I am today. Had I not experienced the cross-country moves, career changes, relationships, successes and failures, I would not appreciate where I stand today- for today, I can stand still.
Here’s to the journey- to waking up with enthusiasm, a hunger for learning and a thirst for life.