Are you putting things that you really want to do off for “someday”? Do you find yourself counting down the days to your next vacation, or until retirement? Is everything you want most in life on hold until some magical day in the distant future? Maybe it’s time to ask yourself why… and maybe it’s time to stop living for someday and start living your life… now.
As human beings, we have this bizarre tendency to construct these mind traps for ourselves where we can’t even conceive of the possibility that happiness is something that can be had in our current existence. Joy, excitement, and fulfillment are things we figure we’ll get to experience “someday”, and we get these blinders on so tightly that we don’t even stop to think that things could be any different than they are.
Worse still, we get so angry and so hostile when somebody comes along and has the audacity to tell us that things could, in fact, be different; that we have the ability to choose a different experience if we would just reach up and take the blinders off. Most people won’t do it. Most people are so convinced that happiness in their current life and in work is impossible. They’d rather be certain they’re miserable than take a risk on being happy. And they cover up that fear with anger.
But the real truth of the matter is that putting off your happiness for “someday” will never work because “someday” never comes. We only ever live in the now. And when that magical retirement date arrives, it becomes “now”. And we are so conditioned to believe that we need to sacrifice and suffer in the now, that even when that day arrives, we’ll find ways to avoid letting ourselves enjoy it anyway – because “now” that we’re retired, we no longer have the kind of income we once had, so better not do those things because of the cost, for instance.
The only way to create a life you love is to live it in the now. Right now. Be happy NOW. Don’t put it off for someday, because “someday” is always in the future… it never happens. Stop living for someday, and don’t waste your life being unhappy. Figure out what moves you, what makes your heart sing… and go do it, in your now, in any way that you can, in any pockets of time you can find. Create a life that you don’t need to escape from and live it now.
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I, too, knew many people like that, Nathalie. I felt so sorry for them. Lots of those people never married nor did they even have juicy stories to tell in their life. One of them actually retired and ended up going back to the place of work on a voluntary basis, because he had no life, no next of kin, nothing. All he did was work for that office. That is all he knew. People just do not know what this life is all about, nor do they know how to live. It is not something we are taught, per se. It is not part of whatever it is you want to call it. I guess it calls to some of us who answer to it, or something like that.
Not everyone who goes back to work after retirement is “not knowing what life is all about”. Some people genuinely do love their jobs and feel lost when they retire. Their passion is the job they have, and that’s where they find meaning and purpose. There is nothing wrong with that. Some people actually enjoy office jobs, and that’s wonderful. 🙂
I mean, those of us who feel things can be different, who question the validity of things, who know there are bigger and better things to come and who look further into universal principles and understand them. These things need to call out to you and you are drawn to them. Most people ignore this and they just follow others and never question or look further into anything.
Some people have no interest in the bigger picture, and that’s OK. It takes all kinds to make a world, and it would be boring if we all wanted the same things in life. The diversity that we have here is what makes life so interesting. We are all following our own paths… some lead toward the metaphysical and spiritual, and to wanting to understand what underlies everything. For others, there is absolutely no appeal in any of that. And perhaps that’s what works out best for whatever it is they wanted to learn and experience at this time. No one is drawn to this path unless they are ready for it. Not everyone wants it, and not everyone would be able to understand it.