I recently came across a post on Kevin Smith’s blog and something he said completely resonated with me. I reread it more than once as it was just so perfect in describing me and my life. I sometimes am working so hard at being happy that I don’t enjoy great moments even when they are happening. It is not until after when I am reflecting back that I realize how good that moment really was. Even as I write this I am looking back at times where I should have been enjoying being in the moment more instead of thinking about what is next.
“The irony is that actual happiness blasts us across our faces, necks and chests all the time – but we’re so busy chasing the elusive notion of what happiness is to us at that moment, we tend to overlook the authentic bliss we create for ourselves and others in the process of simply trying to be happy. And by the time we realize these were, in fact, moments of happiness, it’s too late: those moments are now memories.” – Kevin Smith
I sort of see this journey towards financial independence as a journey towards happiness as well. But that is really should not the case and I need to stop and remind myself to enjoy the little moments each and every day as even though the destination (financial independence) may be the goal, it is really the journey of life where happiness happens. And there is no guarantee that even if/when I reach financial independence that this in itself will bring happiness. I need to create it and enjoy the little things that bring joy every day.
For some reason, maybe just a lack of sleep, I have been down the past couple of days. Reading Kevin’s post today is a great reminder that not every day is going to be great but I should make every day as best as it can be. Enjoy the great moments when they do happen. Stop, take a breath, and really, truly enjoy them.