I would like to say 'Living Life' than use the word ‘Happy’ because it (Happiness) means different things for different people and the world is still figuring out what it means and it is never going to have a very conclusive answer acceptable to everyone. Though there is some consensus recently when people have said relationships, community and sharing are fundamental to happiness. But for me Living life is more fundamental. Because even if you are not very happy you need to live your life.
Enjoying what you do (your work) to make a living, matters a lot and is one of the areas I focus on. But Living life is beyond work encompassing Passion, Relationship, Love, caring, sharing, learning, knowledge, experiences and so on. Over the years we all do a range of things to Live our life. Here is how I saw it play for me....
Health was one area that I started focusing my mind on. Creativity was the next. Learning was the other and so was reading. I challenged myself to read over 50 books in 2017. I started indulging in cooking and found that there is a meditation in cooking. That feel of rawness touching your fingers before a dish is born is pure bliss. I also started a vegetable Garden, but I am not much into that and figured I was not able to keep going with it. But I have not lost hope and will continue to do it.
The bottom line is that when I decided to scale down in some areas; my life started scaling up in other areas. When I decided to leave my pursuit for more money, my life became more rich. People started asking me ‘where one can get the time’ to write and read and spend time lazing.
Some of my enjoyment equate to lazing. For some, if you are not on a thread mill, you are not living. And for me, for once in my life I refused to get on a thread mill going no where. I decided to quit the rat race.
What I make today is not a lot of money, but enough for me. It helps me pay my bills, and it is still considerable for an individual and I have nothing but gratitude. I also share a part of it. And for me now finding time is the most important aspect of Living a life.
It is important we take time to Live our Life. I would love to hear your thoughts on living life and even happiness in general.
I scaled down my work life and I scaled down my personal life. I scaled down my expectations and started looking things from a minimalistic angle. I realized that making huge amounts of money quickly and retiring was not something that was going to happen for me. I wanted a life that was rich in experience yet minimal.
Make more time in life for what I love to do, made my life richer
I learned there was enjoyment in starting something in it, even if you failed accomplishing it
I am writing this page at 6:30 in the morning with a fresh brewed coffee after half an hour of moderate working out. I still have one hour to spend slowly making my breakfast and eating it and preparing lunch for my son and dropping him at school and heading to work, listening to some podcast. I will be on time for work. And I love going to work for the people I work.