I almost lost my best friend two weeks ago because I said some things I didn’t really mean. We didn’t talk for a week and I spent that week in misery crying almost daily because I missed them. I couldn’t take back the things I said.
I felt lost and alone. I didn’t know what to do. Then it hit me:
I had to say sorry for the things I said. I had to start being a better friend. And I had to learn not to say certain things anymore and to be careful with my words. I had to learn to make my best friend feel appreciated.
I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Take a moment every day to marvel at something and acknowledge how special that thing is. I was up early studying one morning while it was still dark, and as I looked out my window, I saw the sun begin to rise. There were a dozen different shades of purple, orange, and yellow stretching out from behind the clouds as the sun rose (on instinct, I ran outside to snap a picture of it, the picture above). A sunrise is something that can be seen by anyone, anywhere. It’s one of those things that can be experienced by a king and a homeless. Simple little things like that keep our world unified. This is something that both Oedipus and his sons could have seen and thought about at the same time (no matter how far away they were from each other and no matter what terms they were on with each other). Its simple things like this that link us together, even when we don’t realize it.
Warning: This is one of those “Carpe Diem” type of posts.
So, I came across that quote above ^ while I was scrolling down my tumblr feed. It caught my attention. It actually scared me at first. I thought, “Have I spent my life just ‘waiting’ for happiness?” That’s a scary thought. Why would anyone waste so much time like that? If you really thing about it, happiness is right in front of us all the time. It’s the warm feeling you get when your mom surprises you with a donut before school, or the satisfaction you get from that B- on a math test. It’s also that smile you give someone in the hallway. Happiness can be walking up to your coach after an exhausting practice, looking him/her in the eye and saying a sincere “thank you,” for making you stronger. Happiness can be found in anything, as long as you look hard enough. Happiness isn’t something you can just wait for. It doesn’t just poof out of nowhere. You’ve got to want it. Look for
it just as much as you want it. And most importantly: don’t ever settle. Don’t settle for just mediocracy. Make each day special. Seize the day. Carpe Diem.
….On a similar note, I found the above quote to be a bit bland visually, so in order to find my happiness, I made a new one!
Original photo taken off the Huntington Beach pier by me 🙂