My biggest issue, in the past three years especially, has been choosing to be happy where I am, with what I have, in what I’m doing. To remember what matters most in moments of frustration and worry.
My partner lives in trust of the universe and karma to make things right, and he is constantly teaching me that worrying is a waste of time and energy.
I practice yoga to help keep myself grounded, focused, and in a positive and present perspective.
I’ve felt immense joy and freedom through travel, with the people and perspectives I meet on the road (that are unique to travelers) and in how that challenges me everyday.
But I still kind of like being ‘in the box’
…until I don’t, and then I wonder what I need to be happy.
Today I discovered The Nomadic Family and their honest, vulnerable wife and mother, Gabi.
Gabi, her husband and their three children have been traveling the world full time for three years, all the while sharing their adventures, homes, struggles, successes, frustrations and finances in words, photographs and videos.
I read Gabi’s post “I Hate This Home, And That One, And This One" and watched the videos (watch the videos!) and when I got to this, I started writing:
"Whatever ‘home’ I’m in physically this month, I am still confided to the prison of my unresolved soul issues, to the rollercoaster of my emotions, and to the swiftly temperamental ebb and flow of my family members and the world around me."
The text and videos in that post reminded me that I’m not alone in being an emotional female, more often than I’d like to admit, who knows what she wants, until she doesn’t.
I’m also normal as someone who loves the challenge of a leap and will be the first to volunteer to jump, but will take ages to scope out the landing. (Just frickin’ jump!)
Happiness is not in the next job, home, flight or vacation; It is in our minds, in our words and actions, in our lifestyles, in our relationships.
I’ve been told this before (over, and over), but, once again, by being externally validated by other people’s lives, today I may finally get it.
Happiness starts and ends within ourselves, and we each must learn how to live life by the rules that (most of the time) make sense for us, and that being and staying happy is a choice.