Sometimes we find ourselves met in bed at night with a daunting black hole where our faith should be, replaced with negative thoughts about the direction of our lives.
We find ourselves confused; “What fills this hole? is it knowledge or dreams? What is all that knowledge going towards in the end? What is a dream anyway other than an excuse to look forward to something? How can we be happy when we’re so aware of that?”
We find ourselves unfulfilled, racking our brains for answers to these questions.
“The only thing over which you have complete control is your own mental attitude.”
I believe animals have it right; they don’t need to think deeply about what they want, they naturally let themselves gravitate towards it; they listen to their body’s needs. The only thing that separates us from them is our mental capacity.
I believe the only real way to be truly happy is very simple. Maybe it’s about embracing you in your entirety, your whole body, for the organic machine it is and understanding its needs. Taking care of it, releasing endorphins every way you know how and eating things that it needs. After all, you wouldn’t put petrol in a diesel car, why do the same to your body? It’s the most valuable vehicle you’ll ever own.
Sadly for us, our brains are capable of so much more than other animals, so we question this seemingly aimless and mind-numbing way of life.
The grind of every day life can feel so mundane that it doesn’t arouse our minds so we invent ways to inject reason and pose questions that make our lives more interesting.
However, we are all just animals and a fleeting whim of nature’s plan, but we need to tell ourselves that’s okay. There is infinite freedom to not being significant to the bigger picture, we’re lucky to have the ability to feel passionately and think deeply, to achieve and be anything we want.
We should understand we have such vast brain capacity, enough to be aware of our own thoughts and how they make us feel and to begin to use that to our advantage. Become self-aware of your thoughts and feelings and you can begin to craft new thoughts that outnumber the negative ones, ones that spark a much more inspiring fire within you. Use that as fuel for your mind. Allow yourself to gravitate towards your dreams, don’t think too much about what they are or if they are, just let yourself naturally go towards things you find exciting and things that make you happy. Before you know it, you’ll be achieving your dreams. After all, happiness is not a destination; it’s a state of mind and a way of life.
“Telling me I can do anything I want is like pulling the plug out of the bath and then telling the water it can go anywhere it wants. Try it, and see what happens.”
– Nick Hornby
I believe once you master that, you have mastered the key to true sustainable happiness.
Tags: dreams, mental attitude, Tigerlily, True Happiness