“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” ~Māori Proverb
It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget what makes life so beautiful in the first place. Isn’t that true? I know for me, I end up living life through autopilot, lacking a conscious thought until I snap out of it and remind myself that life is great.
When I get like this, it’s nice to remind myself of the realizations I’ve come across over the years and stored in my memory bank.
Every time you forget what you’re living for or feel like life is purposeless, consult this list.
1. You can’t ever really be bored.
One of my favorite quotes comes from comedian Louis C.K. If you don’t think you should be reading life quotes from a comedian, wait until you hear his.
“‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”
2. You have the potential to make someone smile.
You know what’s awesome? You could, if you really tried, make a stranger’s day today. Smile at a stranger who seems like no one has truly acknowledged him or her in weeks. Most people live invisibly with hardly an individual glancing at them. Show them you see them and smile. Bonus points if you say hi or strike conversation.
3. You’ve gotten through so many moments where you thought it was going to be all over.
Especially as a kid, I used to have all these doomsday alarms setting off in my head. If I don’t get this or that, my life is over. I’m going to be miserable forever.
Of course, as I grew up my mind became more realistic, but how often do we feel like we’re going to be miserable forever? We’ve gotten through pretty much most of them, right?
We move on and find new things to fear or be worried about.
4. You have the power to better yourself every day.
Maybe a few people reading this may think to themselves that this one is obvious, but it really isn’t. I honestly know many people who don’t believe in the idea of people changing and of course, they “accept” who they are.
There’s a difference between accepting who you are and striving to become a better person. Isn’t it liberating to know that you’re not stuck with the cards you’ve been given? You’re not stuck at all! Not ever!
You can work towards becoming your ideal self a little bit at a time.
5. You from five years ago had nothing on present-you.
Every time I look back just a few years I have this smile on my face. I look at the socially awkward past-Vincent, the guy just trying to figure life out. Then I say, wow, I was a doofus!
Guess what? A few years ago when I did the same retrospection I thought the same thing to myself. Every time you look back you sort of cringe and wonder how you were so _______.
Imagine five years from now. You’re going to change so much (hopefully for the better) and you’ll realize you’ve grown a lot.
6. You have the potential to learn about anything.
The Internet is this gigantic resource available to you anytime and it has the potential to teach you just about anything.
Isn’t that just awesome? I taught myself how to get websites on Google’s first page, how to write words that stick so that people across the world can enjoy and learn, and I also taught myself juggling! All of these, by the way, were within the past year.
When was the last time you thought to yourself, “I wish I knew about _____”? What’s your excuse? You have access to the Internet. After all, you are reading this.
Sometimes life may seem hard, unfair, or chaotic, but you must remind yourself of how beautiful the world really is. Try to remember the little things that many people forget somewhere along the way.
Photo by Mike Behnken