We often look for happiness in things, other people or foreign places.
We treat it as something that is so hard to get. Something that requires us to go through some kind of big life experience to decipher.
We think that if we can just crack the code, take calculated steps and move as fast as we can, we will find it sooner.
But what if we slowed down a little, and maybe even stopped trying so hard?
Would it mean losing out on a few things?
Maybe. But it would also give us a chance.
To observe what is going on around us.
To listen to those thoughts that we keep putting aside thinking that they don’t matter.
To face the insecurities that we may have.
To embrace the fear of not ending up at that place where we imagined
we would be 5 years ago.
At first, it would probably make you feel pretty bad. Awful even.
You’ll want to go back to the endless search that kept you so busy.
But what if you choose to keep standing there?
Eventually, you survive.
You begin to build a bridge.
Between you and between everything else that lies within you.
The light. The darkness.
That wall you built around yourself over time.
And one day, you find yourself on the other side.
And everything you once knew seems to have changed a little.
The light shines brighter. The darkness begins to fade away.
The walls crumble.
And you have no more reason to look outside.
Of course, it takes longer for you to get there.
And yes, it’s so much harder to wait than to just take advantage of the temporary moments of joy that are available everywhere.
But if I told you that that view from the other end of the bridge would be the most beautiful thing that you would probably ever see,
Isn’t it worth a shot?
So hold on. Stop chasing it. And you’ll see just how easy it is to find that reason to smile.