The world is abundant. There’s so much to see, so much to do, so much to be. Pick people’s brains. Walk through open doors. Talk to strangers. Take a new route home. Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Experience as much as you can, including mistakes, failure, risks, struggle, uncertainty. Because that will bring us closer to experiencing the beauty of life. There’s so much on offer. We just need to take it.
We can walk through life with our eyes closed. And that might be an easy road to take. But there’s so much more to life than our own thoughts and opinions, our own circumstances and hardships, our own drive and fears. And they’re important. But if we open our eyes a little wider, we see a bit more of the world as it is and how it could be. If we listen a little more, we might hear how others see the world too. We can change our thoughts, our circumstances, our fears. We step closer to realising how we make it better and how we make it worse, and how we can continue to make it better. How much better the world would be if we actually look at it and listen to it with an open mind.
When we stand out from the crowd, people notice. Everyone is always trying so hard to fit in, that when some don’t, they stick out. But that isn’t a bad thing, no matter how daunting or unnerving. When we stand out, we open up the world to something it’s never seen or heard before. And the world depends on that. When we see things differently, we stop seeing the world as it is and start seeing the world for what it can be, we stop saying ‘that’s the way it is’ and start saying ‘that’s the way it can be’. And these people who stand out are indispensable – they have something special to offer that no one else can. We all have that special something, but many of us are killing it by trying to constantly fit into a box. Boxes are confining. Live outside the box. Or better yet, believe the box doesn’t exist.
The world is full of music for those who learn to listen for it. Laughter and chatter. The breeze against the trees and the raindrops against the rooftop. The first cry of a newborn and the first i-love-you. The world is full of beauty for those who learn to see it. The turn from winter to spring. The bustling of the city. The ocean. The earth. The sunrise. The world is full of magic for those who learn to feel it. The sincere apology, the declaration, the inspiration, the choice, the love. Endless possibilities. The world is full of wonder. Explore and open yourself up to it.
In the hopes of reaching the moon, people fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. ~ Albert Schweitzer
Quote of the day.
Pleasure in life can quickly fade away with time. As we get older, we become accustomed to the life around us. As we get busier, we no longer take the time to look at life’s beauty. We begin to take our life for granted, always wanting something more, something better. But walking around blindly is to be numb to the happiness life’s beauty brings. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the first time we’re seeing something. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the last time we’ll see something. That’s how we capture life’s magic. Don’t be ignorant or indifferent. Stay awake and curious.
In a time when we’re all exposed to one another online, it’s easy to confuse seeing with knowing. But we shouldn’t assume that glimpses of someone physically or virtually will give us a rounded picture of that person. It’s dangerous to do so, because we’re still oblivious to all the shadows of that person. To conclude that someone’s life is perfect is to ignore that everyone is fighting their own battles. To believe that someone’s life is perfect is to compare their highlights to our lowest points. It’s natural for us to forget that we don’t always know someone. But do not place those perceptions on someone. It will burden you both.
If we look at the sun too long, we are blinded. In the same way, we can easily become too caught up in our life, thoughts and feelings. Sometimes we are lost in a lack of motivation, in jealousy, or in negativity. Sometimes we are trapped in arguments, in relationships, or in the monotony of daily life. We’re deafened by the noise to the point where we can’t hear clearly. Sometimes we need to pierce our own bubble to get some clarity. We need room to breathe, a change of pace and a little distance. It’s okay to let go to see what you really want to hold onto. And it’s okay to let go of what is actually holding you down.