We overthink the little things, and instead of feeling them, we worry about a future that may never come, wasting our time – the present – which is the only truly important thing. We blind ourselves to the little beautiful things and feelings we have in the now.
In the end, happiness is made up of little things and how much you’re willing to enjoy them, to let yourself feel them.
So, here I am, New Year’s Eve, the last day of 2022, thinking of how I can make you see things differently— a glimpse into the sparkle that each little moment can bring while you’re too busy thinking about tomorrow.
Less Can Be Enough
Imagine a summer heatwave when all you want is a nice refreshing swim. A nice dip is all you can think of. Do you really need to beat yourself up that the ocean is thousands of miles away? A little pond is all you need to enjoy the water and cool yourself down.
And yes, yes, maybe you have the ocean so close that you would laugh at my allegory, but that doesn’t mean I’m not right. Enjoy the little things in life. They really are what truly matters.
New Year’s Resolutions
I rarely ever make New Year’s resolutions because I don’t like the concept of setting impossible goals. Admittedly, when the old year passes and a new year begins, my mind drifts to things I want that would make me happier.
In the liminal space between years, I try to imagine having those things, and there’s a little voice inside my head saying, “You won’t be happy even if you have them.”
Through the years, that pesky voice was right every fucking time. What if I was wrong in wanting things? So, I was convinced this year not to have any resolutions.
Well, funny enough, I’ve just set one just a few hours before the clock strikes midnight. So here it is: by next year’s winter holidays, I want to make a certain someone to experience the joy and excitement of Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
It’s the first time I’ve ever set a resolution that doesn’t involve my happiness directly, but I would be a liar saying that achieving this resolution won`t make me happy.
Wasting Our Time?
The only time I ever felt like I was wasting my time was when I was waiting for something to happen. As the years go by, staying focused on the future keeps you from enjoying the present. The present doesn’t last forever. It’s just now. So do what you want to do, say what you want to say, and enjoy the moment.
Being with someone who makes us feel alive and ourselves effortlessly is my definition of happiness. Doing things for the person who makes us happy is what we should do, and it’s not wasting our time. I would say it’s time well spent. Happy New Year to all of you!