I saw this picture on Facebook earlier this week and I thought to myself: ‘How true is this?’
We tend to grow up with our lives planned out from beginning to end. A few years ago, I started to panic as I always said that I want to be married with 2 kids by the time I turn 30. Well, needless to say, the big 30 came and went and I still haven’t met anyone that is husband material. But then I came to the realization that my life is not over yet, there is so much I still want to do and experience before settling down, if I meet someone that can share in this that will be great. But if I don’t, it doesn’t matter, there is still loads of time left, or at least I hope. I don’t want to be one of those people that has missed living for the moment while waiting for big things to come my way.
I wrote a poem a while ago about the life lessons my dad has taught me. The biggest life lesson of all being that life’s goal should be to just be happy. If you are interested in reading the poem, you can find it here.
It’s easier said than done, we chase after so many things. Love, money, success, power, just to name a few but does that truly bring joy to our lives? We tend to chase after hopes and dreams, achieve as many goals we can, but we forget ourselves in the process. We tend to miss the small things that put a smile on our faces, while chasing the new car. When it takes too long, we tend to become depressed, sometimes feeling like a failure.
It’s the small pleasures in life that makes it worthwhile. The careless laughter of a baby, spending time with loved ones, watching birds playing around the tree-tops, a cold winter’s evening in front of a fireplace, sharing in the celebrations when your favorite team wins, this list can also go on and on.
Yes, we do feel proud when achieving that goal, that feeling is well deserved as I am sure it took a whole lot of work and determination to achieve it. But it is important, if it takes a bit longer than expected, to not stop LIVING in the process, with a smile on the face. After all, a frown just makes you age quicker.
Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.