I was in the lift with a fellow neighbour on my way up to my floor. She was a tall Caucasian lady, middle-age, dark hair, slim build, tan, and she had dark coloured eyes. She was carrying what I think was two wooden table stands. She was walking ahead of me before we got into the lift, and despite carrying the two stands, she kindly held the door for me (twice).
While we were in the lift, we acknowledged each other, and she said something that really surprised me,
“You look happy.”
My immediate response was, “Really! Do I?”, and she replied yes, I did. We couldn’t converse further because her floor was coming up, so I quickly said, “Have a good evening”, before she left, which she returned in kind.
Those three words got me thinking till I reached my door. My lower floor neighbour made me aware of my apparent happiness, and, upon reflection, I did realise that I was happy. Perhaps it was the companionship I experienced today while preparing and giving my group presentations, or the dinner gathering with friends made on exchange. But looking a little further, and being aware of things such as my stable relationship, the security my parents offer me, the home that I live in, having food on the table, being able to attend university, I thought to myself, “Unhappiness is always lurking, so I should enjoy my state of happiness.”
‘It means that you accept that the difference isn’t in what you want, but in what you are willing to suffer for […] it’s about knowing that in spite of all of that, the fruits of your labor may still not amount to anything.’
Zat Rana (2017)
Read the full article here by Zat Rana: The purpose of life is to be a nobody
There was a point in time today, after lunch with my dance batch mates, when I had this epiphany. It happened while we sat in a circle on the floor of the cinema in the mall, half of us backs against the wall, against the poster of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Amidst the separate small conversations happening among the eleven of us, laughter, and laughter lines, I realised that it’s moments like these that are the most valuable things in life: the time spent with friends.
‘Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.’
Sean O’ Connell
‘Sometimes I don’t (take a photograph). If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.’
‘To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of LIFE.’
Always heartening to watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Love the landscapes and nature shown in the film, and the songs curated for the film.
‘Thousands of people line up to simultaneously run in a circle around streets, and thousands more come out to cheer them on. Yet when we do it, we feel this incredible surge of excitement and energy. Why?’
What I Learned While Running a Half-Marathon | TIME
Just that portion’s social facilitation (you do better on simple tasks and worse on complex task in the presence of others, when your performance can be evaluated). The rest of Harary’s sharing is about life.
Read the full article here: What I Learned While Running a Half-Marathon
“I want to push myself to do better. To try harder. To fix whatever’s broken and to rise up to the challenge of living.”
“You’re allowed to be in the processing of figuring it out.”
“None of us are 100% satisfied with every last part of our lives and suggesting that we ought to be is ludicrous. The desire to do better, be better, change our lives for the better is what keeps us moving forward. And that means that we’re going to have days when we’re a little unhappy with where we’re at. Those days are important. They matter. They’re a part of the process that makes us into better versions of ourselves.”
Read the full article here: “For The Days When You Don’t Feel Like Enough” by Heidi Priebe on Thought Catalog