Your Beautiful World
The world is big. Much bigger than any of us can understand. From the bottom of the oceans to the tallest mountains, it is impossible for us to see or understand it all in one lifetime. And why would you want to? To understand everything in this world would be to live a life of predictable disappointment. It is the mystery of adventure and the unknown which excites me. Going out the door with my packed bag into the unfamiliar areas of the world. Opportunity is knocking and you can open any type of door you choose. Don’t lock yourself off. Hiding behind your own metaphysical cement and doubt. Experience the world you want and by your own making.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
You do not have to travel far to find the unknown. It is right outside your door. Take a bike ride down a road you have never explored. Take a weekend trip on a whim. Walk the streets you usually drive. Simple moments close to home can be more exciting than you think, depending on how you are willing to look at things. The picture above is but 30 minutes away from where I live at the moment. There are amazing places outside everyone’s back door. But we become short sighted by what we perceive as typical. Our day-to-day surroundings become nothing but old rotating pictures. People close their minds and forget the moment they live in. Always looking forward. Always thinking of the next best thing. Life shouldn’t be seen as a game of chess where one move dictates another. Where there are better and more clever players. Knock that board off the table and create your own game where you’re in control of all the moves.
It is important to have big moments in your life that you are looking forward to, but making them your sole focus is wasteful of time and energy. Be in the moment where you are and then set aside time to specifically focus on those projects. Maybe you want to get married one day. If that is the case then put effort into that goal when time affords but don’t forget to be yourself and do the things which make you happy. That is why people were drawn to you in the first place. If you put all of your effort into one thing then when you finally arrive at the destination you may feel lost and empty. The same thing goes for people who put all their effort into getting that big promotion and then they finally achieve their goal at 46 years old. Then what? You’ve arrived. But where do you go from there?
Don’t let your life be a culmination to one point but a sequence of enjoyable events where your true ambitions are represented. People work jobs and live lives they don’t like for reasons they could never justify objectively. We are all guilty of doing things we don’t enjoy. But if you are not enjoying large sections of your daily life then make that change. Figure out what you would like to be doing one year from now, five years from now? Write it down so it seems more solid. Then get to work in your spare time. Your life is a piece of art. Mould it in ways that are inwardly stimulating and outwardly fulfilling.
I am trying to say that if you make a conscious effort to be yourself you will achieve all your goals in life over time. On your own terms. Not by someone else’s schedule. Not by some predetermined cultural timeline. We stress ourselves out so much over what we are ‘supposed’ to be doing at this or that point in our lives. Forget it. Why listen to someone else about what you should be doing with your life? It is yours. You are the only one who knows what feels right. So do whatever weird and wonderful things make you yourself. Do them well and don’t look back. Explore, experience and make your own beautiful world.