“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone…”

“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy. There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

We are here. We exist. Isn’t that enough?

Existence is not easy. Our lives have joy, pain, laughter, crying, moments of listlessness and glimpses of apathy.

Yet, I’m not suffering in affliction. I don’t have  a disease that’s wasting away within me, something that I can’t control and can barely fight against.

I’m not being physically tortured or persecuted for who I am or what I believe in. I’m blessed to live in a peaceful place.

And I haven’t been displaced by a natural disaster. My world hasn’t been physically and psychologically shaken to its core. My daily routine remains relatively intact.

Yet there’s an “amazingness” to being alive, and sometimes our daily routines obscure this. We have an incredible instinct to stay alive, a perseverance to struggle on when our hopes and dreams are dashed to pieces.

Today, here’s my advice to you and to myself: give yourself some extra time to look at your routine. Observe it as you’re experiencing it. Pay attention to the sights, sounds, and people you encounter. Don’t try to control the experience; simply live it. Find that joy, and give thanks.

It’s amazing what we can discover when we stop envying the things we lack and start noticing the happiness we already have.


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