This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!
Sometimes life hits you in the balls and throws you off track. Getting sick is probably the easiest way to lose momentum, and it’s been very difficult for me to focus on what has been delightful the last few days. Sitting down and really thinking over your days and finding those highlight moments and recognizing that there is joy within even the crappiest moments is the main reason for this exercise. Let’s remember together fellow geeks.
February 19th, 2020
We meet all sorts of people on our travels. Sometimes they can be a negative influence, but for most, even if rude or annoying, you can pull nuggets of wisdom or simply differences in perspective that keep your mind healthy and away from stagnation. Remember not to let yourself get trapped in an echo chamber of similar opinions, debate is paramount for improving your own viewpoints and for finding new ones. There are pearls hiding in the depths of every human you meet, so keep yourself open to the experiences. There’s delight in improving yourself.
February 20th, 2020
All of us are born into different circumstances, have different opportunities, different genetics, so many factors playing into how we interact with life. It is important to remember that when someone or something good happens to you, when generosity is given to you, allowing you to live life in a more positive way, being thankful for that generosity is the least you can do. Don’t forget all the things that had to happen to get you where you are. Even if your personal situation is very difficult these days, or has been for awhile, the fact that you are alive is itself a miracle. There is so much death in life, and being able to simply be alive and take a walk is a gift. Whether you choose to embrace that idea is your own choice, but it is something I am trying to learn to live by. Letting go of so much of the negativity and pessimism I have lived with for most of my life, and appreciate all the positive aspects and improvements happening around the world. This is amplified when you travel and see how damn well off we are in western countries comparatively to most parts of the world. I am grateful for the life I have been given, joyful for the opportunity to see how lucky I am by traveling, even if it hasn’t been all sunshine and daisies in my life.
February 21st, 2020
There is poetry in everything. I don’t know if many people find my poetry enjoyable or not, but it is something I found during my first travels many years ago, watching the waves froth along the beach in the early mornings, trying to find peace when all I felt was pain. From that pain and joy came words, words that have continued to flow out of me ever since, during walks, in the shower, while listening to podcasts, talking with friends. Sometimes simply by seeing a beautiful place or person. I am so grateful for those moments, the flowing of thought, forming sentence and meaning and art and driving me to write and write some more. It’s a joy to have this art in my life, a joy to be alive to see those beautiful waves and beautiful people who make me want to write pretty words, painful words, inspiring words, terrible words. Words are what create this world we live in, without them our world would be a desolate place. Through words we are tied to those long dead, and to those in our future. Words are creation. Words are joy.
As always, I hope these words find you all healthy, and letting your inner geek freak fly free. Have a phenomenal day folks!