Do you walk fast and let your mind ruminate about your worries and problems, or do you take your time and actually see your surroundings? Do you see the lovely different colours (That’s right, colour not color. I’m in Canada WordPress) of the leaves on the trees or on the ground? Do you hear the wind shake the branches on the trees? Do you hear the rustle of leaves on the ground or crunching underfoot? Do you hear nearby dogs barking? Kids playing? Cars driving by on an unseen street? Birds chirping?
Taking joy in life means also being able to actually see the world around you. Taking the time to notice the little things. After Halloween how many people still have decorations up? Who leaves their outdoor Christmas lights up year round? Those things aren’t really important but if you’re not noticing stuff like that then you’re probably walking around in a fog. And that means you miss out on all Kinds of things.
Life is an every day occurrence. It’s happening Right Now. Not yesterday and not tomorrow. Right now. Memories are getting made right now. Good times are happening right now.
Don’t look back on the past and remember memories fondly, wishing you could go back there. That means you gave up control of your life and you’re not really living anymore.
Your life NOW should be as great as any moment in your past. If not, then Do Something About It! Take back control of your life and start doing things you enjoy. This is Your life. All yours. No one else’s.
If you’re reading a book you aren’t enjoying, and you don’t have to read it…. then stop! If your food could use a little more flavour (yup, still in Canada) then stop eating it and go add more spice! If it’s raining and you love the rain then grab an umbrella and go walk in the rain! If you have rubber boots on then jump in some puddles! (Or if you have spare shoes at home and are close enough then jump in anyway). If you’re walking down the street and listening to music, then dance to it :-D Don’t look to see if anyone sees you…who cares?
You don’t have to be a ‘responsible adult’ ALL the time. That’s no fun! And life is Meant to be fun!
2 thoughts on “Take Joy In Life”
I love this attitude! Now that it’s winter for me though I find it so much harder to have the same outlook on life. I need the sun to remind me how cheerful everything is haha
I actually used to be the opposite, I liked rainy and cloudy days better. If you like posters you could get some for your walls that make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Or, if you’re artistic, make some. Or even print out feel-good photos from the ‘net. I always have a desktop picture on my computer that makes me feel good. I never use images like Caribbean beach pics because I’ve never been to a Caribbean beach so I can’t relate. I like images that remind me of a feeling.
There are tons of sun images on the internet, maybe find the ones you like best and make a few collages of them and post around your room. Hopefully my ideas give you some good ideas of your own :)
And good luck on your exams next month!!