A guide to grabbing life by the handlebars
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I recently read a book called ‘The Book of Awesome’ by Neil Pasricha where he lists 1000 awesome things that occur in our everyday lives, but pass us by without a second thought– whether it’s sleeping in newly washed bed sheets, high fiving a baby (because they never leave you hanging) or my personal favourite, intergenerational dancing (because who doesn’t love busting a move with their 92 year old grandpa). In a world where our manual to conquering life’s anxieties are hardcore self-help and mood therapy novels, it was refreshing to read a book that enlightened a new way to escape our stress by merely enjoying the simple pleasures life has to offer.
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But where am I going with all of this?
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” – Eckhart Tolle.
Eckhart Tolle is the author of the book ‘The Power of Now’, a guide to how living in the Now will completely flip your world right side up. For a long time, I struggled to live in the Now and I can assure you, that is the reason I let life’s anxieties get in the way. When anxiety hits, it consumes. Unfortunately, anxiety is an inevitable part of our world, so it is our job to make it a manageable part of our day.
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I have recently been overwhelmed by my fear that I will fail. I am a year out from graduating university and that absolutely terrifies me (if you are in the same position as me, you are probably nodding your head in agreement as we speak). I have always imagined an ideal future for myself – working as a big time lawyer or writing for a high end magazine – but am I capable of that kind of glory? This is a question I ask myself day in and day out. Of course, thinking about the future is important, but obsessing over it is when it becomes extremely unhealthy, both physically and mentally. So I have challenged myself to either grab life by the handlebars and enjoy the ride as it appears now, or look too far ahead and maybe miss a rock that could toss me straight off my hypothetical bike – your choice.
The point is, we will always be faced with obstacles, self-doubt, and the odd curveball. Try to challenge yourself to enjoy the simplicity of the small things. Appreciate the universal pleasures we all share and don’t forget to live intensely, passionately and profoundly…right now. Because the Now is all we have.
5 simple things that make me happy
1. Breathing so deeply that you can’t inhale or exhale any more than you have.
2. Listening to a new song for the first time and getting goosebumps.
3. Drinking a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
4. Thinking of my grandparents who have been married for over 50 years and continue to love one another more every day.
5. Wrapping myself like a burrito after a long day of kicking life’s ass.
The Book of Awesome – Neil Pasricha
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
The Happiness EquAtion – Neil Pasricha
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head – Dan Harris
Let the Elephants Run – David Usher
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