I feel like I’m forever looking forward to doing or having something. It could be jetting off on a swanky holiday, buying a designer handbag or a big night out. I seem to spend a lot of my time planning for the future and a damn sight less living in the right here and now. But I’ve been thinking about it (or perhaps overthinking about it), and I have a question… do these things/plans really make us happy?
Well yes, at the time, of course they do. Clicking ‘buy now’ on my first Gucci handbag was almost euphoric. Although, I have to admit, I generally do find the wanting and waiting way more fun than the getting or doing – but maybe that’s just me? In my opinion, it’s the little things in life that genuinely make us happy. I’m talking about that first cup of coffee in the morning, a spritz of your favourite perfume, tagging your BFF in memes, a dip in the tub or a walk with your friends by the sea.
So many of us have wonderful things in our lives, yet we either take them for granted or simply don’t notice them. I’m the biggest culprit of this! This past week, I’ve been so preoccupied planning the next 4, I’ve barely noticed the time passing.
Life is what happens to your while you’re busy making other plans.
If you look back at your life, you’ll notice it’s the time in between your plans that amazing things happened. It’s the time you spent at uni, chilling in your shared lounge, where you probably met some of your bestest friends. It’s the office kitchen, where you slurped back tea and slagged off your boss (sorry, not sorry), where you made new relationships. It’s even the sofa that you lounge on with the bf/gf binging over yet another Netflix show (Dominos in hand), when you fell even more in love.
Yep, I truly believe that appreciating the little things, or shall we call them the ‘general everyday moments’, that are the key to happiness. Now that could mean something completely different to me, than to you. In fact, it probably does. But as Oprah once said, “be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to positivity and that’s something I’m trying to surround myself with in 2018 – well actually, forever I guess.