Just because you are happy it doesn’t mean that the day is perfect, but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.
- Bob Marley
I feel I am happy. I feel I enjoy my life. I feel blessed and I have the life I always dreamed of. I feel I am in balance with the universe and myself.
My holidays in Greece this year were great. I spent time with my family, I went on two surfing trips and took some time to think. Of course there were moments I was frustrated or not feeling well but I did my best to not let them have a big influence on me. Life is a game of focus. You can focus either on the positive or the negative side of things. Such a cliche, right? What nobody tells is that focus is a muscle. A muscle that takes years of effort to strengthen. Truth is that you can never fully focus on the positive side of things. What you can do is to just focus most of the times on the positive and build an environment that protects you from the negative ones. That’s what I am trying to do as well.
On my holidays I had two options. To focus on the fact that I don’t have an income yet, and get panicked because I am using my savings to chill at the beach, or to enjoy the unique opportunity I had to take so many weeks off. The last time I could do this, was when I was in high-school (10 years ago). I finally decided to go for the second option and I still don’t regret it.
This time, I focused on enjoying the journey I am into. The journey of creating my own products and my own future. It took me almost 10 years to learn how to not be strict with myself and give me time to really enjoy these moments without feeling guilty. To reconsider the importance of quick growth and money. I should and want to work hard but I also want to keep things balanced. Slowing down creates this feeling of balance. It helps me observe and enjoy the journey.
I am heading to a beautiful destination. The path to get there is exciting, unique and I see things I’ve never seen before in my life. What I am trying to do is to enjoy all these things by having the time and calmness to experience them, observe them and fit them into my life. If I just rush I’ll lose all the magic and all the moments that are there waiting for me.
That’s my strategy to happiness so far. To slow down, accept myself and smile.