"happiness is a journey, not a destination.....
for a long time it seemed to me that
life was about to begin - real life.
but there was always some obstacle
in the way, something to be gotten
through first, some unfinished
business, time stil to be served,
a debt to be paid. at last it dawned
on me that these obstacles were my
life. this perspective has helped me
to see there is no way to happiness.
happiness is the way. so treasure
every moment you have and
remember that time waits for no one."
Sometimes I have to remind myself -- hey, this is your life. Today. Not that thing that you're making plans for three months from now. Its so easy to get caught up in the process and forget the everyday moments that end up being what life is really all about. In my pre-mountain life, everything was temporary. I never fully committed (at least mentally) to much of anything, because in the back of my mind I was always headed west. Thing is, it took me 9 years to get here. 9 years is a lot of life to only half-live waiting for the next big thing.
Now that I'm here, living this supposed dream, it's easy to struggle with a similar problem....what's next? Is this what I wanted? If it is, how am I going to make it permanent? Because this dream is a time bomb, set to explode when the "just get there" job ends with the season. And while this little squirrel made sure to stock up on nuts for the winter, that supply isn't infinite and you can only starve yourself for so long.
So I am trying to find balance, to enjoy this experience for what it is, to find the "happy" in everyday, while still making calculated moves toward the future. Its not easy.
Conveniently, I was tagged by Laura to do just that -- find the "happy." So this is one little chain-letter game I'll play along with. What a great way to remember that there are so many little things in life to be thankful for. Here goes, 10 things that make me happy, in no particular order: