You could spend your whole life wondering this OR you could choose not to be afraid anymore and do the things you always dreamed of doing. What do you think? What are you more likely to regret? Probably giving in to fear… so don’t let that happen. Seriously, what would happen if you allowed yourself to do the things you were too afraid to try?
There is a tendency in people to fight their whole lives for this idea of perfection. I’m starting to realize that it’s not something you need to “get”. Really, it’s more about getting rid of things. It’s about getting rid of the baggage, getting rid of negativity, getting rid of hate, and most importantly getting rid of the clinging to these things. One could argue that perfection doesn’t exist at all, but I believe we are at our most perfect at our core. We just need to strip back all these layers we’ve pulled around ourselves. Perfection lies within.
The key to happiness can be found in being content with what you have and who you are right now. You do not require anything to be content. Chances are, you already have so much to be content with. Life in itself is enough.
Regardless, people try to seek more and more in order to reach happiness, pushing contentment further down on their list of priorities. Therefore, happiness never seems to come (at least not for long). I have read, heard, and observed on many occasions that poor people are usually happier than wealthy people. Why is that? Probably because those who frantically chase wealth have forgotten what it means to be content. Nothing will ever be enough for someone with that mentality.
Make contentment a priority. It’s harder than it sounds, yes, but it is worth every bit of effort. Be thankful for the air you breathe, life, friends, having even a small place to call home. There’s so much to be content about. More material things or status in life will never get you there. It’s up to YOU to find it.
To sum it up…
Things that will not guarantee happiness:
Things that will bring happiness:
Fear can completely tear you up from the inside out. Maybe it’s time to look that fear in the face. After all, you usually end up dealing with every problem and finding a solution. Not only that, but most of your fears never actually come to pass, do they?
So it’s okay to be afraid, but don’t let it take you over and don’t let it become a bad habit that you can no longer manage. Feel it and move on.
We put so much of our energy into who we think we should be. Be it purpose, honor, higher meaning, or whatever, don’t let yourself lose out on the life you have. So many of us think of our lives as these godly things. We need to “make it” or become “something great”. In reality, we’re just simple organisms, living life. We are no better than other humans or even other creatures. Our intelligence doesn’t make us better. From a certain point of view, our intelligence, organization, and ambition make us worse than all other organisms. We certainly seem to cause the most harm. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I hope we learn to live as a part of nature and don’t take ourselves so seriously all the time.
Stress feels like a balloon growing inside you. You can set that balloon free, but don’t forget to spend some time with those feelings first.