You have to be in the right mood to take in certain parts of the world. If you’re having a rough day, you’ll understand only the rough side of life. When you’re having a good time, you may only know the highs in life. It’s important to note that there is no “perfect state”, the equilibrium is always moving.
To reach certain understandings in life, you have to be in the right mood at the right time. If you were feeling adventurous, and were to walk past a poster on skydiving, you’re more apt to doing it. In that situation, if you weren’t feeling adventurous, you may just keep walking.
While I know this is a rudimentary explanation of something we all know, I think we don’t pay enough attention to it. Our mood is what creates our life situation, because we see the world through our emotions. We act through our perception. If our emotions are limited, or restricted, we essentially blind ourselves to particular aspects of life. When we find a mood that makes us feel fully alive, we participate in life.
Finding that feeling is key in life because it’s an emotion we can all return to. If you realize that your life is dull, maybe you need to change your attitude. This shift will make you make your life less boring. Again, there’s no perfect states but there’s one that makes you more authentic. It makes you alive and participate in life and strive to meet your goals. That is what you should pay attention to; how you feel about the world. Does it line up with how you want to experience life?
In a side note, yesterday a rule of mine was broken: I watched a movie before I read the book. Despite already owning the book, I desperately needed to watch Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road”. There is some deep rooted desire to travel, and for the time being I can’t leave here. Kerouac quenches that desire, if only a little bit and for a little time. I highly recommend the the movie, I’m starting on the book next week! Here’s the trailer if you want to know what the movie is about!
There is no reason for beginning a friendship, no underlying cause or logical explanation to why we are close to certain people. We don’t choose our friends. Circumstance breeds connection, it doesn’t matter who the person is, or who you think you are, if the situation is correct, you’re bound to be friends. Think of a close friend and how you originally met. Nothing was planned, the lines just clicked.
Eventually those same lines wear and the gears turn again. Circumstance builds friendship as well as tears it down. When a moment comes to an end, those you are close to change. People change, environments change, and attitudes change. Friendship is a combination of time and circumstance. You fall into it and you fall out of it.
Undoubtably the people you are close with now will be different than those you are close to in five years. Cherish friendships while they are close, and, when they draw to an end, let them go knowing that your time was well spent.
There are billions of people on this planet with an infinite amount of possibilities tied to each one. One of them could lead this generation to its peak or start a complete new social system. A story of a child could inspire millions to change the way they live their lives. None of us doubt this power that people carry over one another. We all influence each other tremendously.
What most people neglect to think about is how much of a role we play in the world. We get so wrapped up in the possibilities that everyone else carries, that we forget we’re part of it. We forget our own potential and only focus on everyone else’s.
This is incredibly dangerous because when we mistake other’s paths as our own, we lose ourselves. Both our purpose and our sense of self.
Instead, try to find what thrills you. What makes you talk in conversations? When a group of people are talking, when do you jump in? Is it about sports? Art? Music? Kayaking? Traveling? What lightens your face and motivates you?
When you find what drives you, start moving yourself in that direction. Your sense of self is infinitely stronger than how others could direct you. Find your path and follow what you are passionate about. There are billions of people on this planet doing amazing things, and you’re a part of it. Your path builds this world up. By following others’ paths you make the world less. You lower the potential.
There is no greater joy than following oneself. Find your passion and don’t look back.