Life Can Be Wonderful

In our high-stimulation age, you can’t click a button without landing on negative news. If it isn’t the latest nut-job cult, terror group then it’s a nut-job president. One might notice that this constant negativity overload would eventually begin affecting the way we perceive the world. If everything is going to hell, especially in these current circumstances with the Coronavirus interrupting life as we knew it. What room does it leave for positivity? The way things are many have lost sight of whatever shred of beauty there once was.

I believe now more than ever, uplifting others is perhaps the greatest service one could offer. Many have lost loved ones, jobs and even homes. For the first in a long time, everything feels uncertain. How will the world look like at the end of this ordeal? How will our lives be affected?

Yet in the midst of all those questions let us not forget that all the beauty in the world has not left. It is still there begging to be noticed and appreciated. It all comes down to a choice. Everything always does. You can choose to focus on all the negatives in your life and let that depress you and strip you of your “joie de vivre” or you could find a way to focus on the positives in your life. The family and friend you still have left, the chance to explore new horizons in your life and to reassess your goals.

It may seem that when bad things are happening left, right and centre that the logical response is to yield and admit just how bad things are. Yet the instinctual response isn’t always the one that serves us best. Similarly, it makes sense to feel sad when misfortune befalls one, yet indulging in that emotions veils the world of its beauty.

It’s exceedingly rare to find a mind that can experience an emotion without being consumed by it. To remain level-headed in the midst of traumatic events, such as death while experiencing the full depths of our emotions doesn’t happen by accident. At least I don’t think so. It takes practice in making the right choice over and over again until it becomes second nature.

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.”

Eleanour Roosevelt

In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, it is precisely this lack of predictability that makes life an adventure and a journey. Things that are either good or bad will keep happening, yet they do not detract from its beauty. I believe that in hindsight when we look back on our lives we often see how all its events led to shaping our stories. The misfortunes and blessings alike all played a part in crafting a uniquely beautiful story, our story.

We must constantly train ourselves to see the beauty, to find opportunity in every nook and cranny of a situation. We can’t seriously claim to be masters of our own fate until we do so and that is what it means to become an adult. Some days will be hard, some days you won’t feel like trying at all. Yet when you do try, you begin existing in that wonderful space where anything can happen and all is potential in becoming.

We owe it to ourselves, to all those who’ve put stock in us and those loved ones who are no longer here to bear witness to our journeys. We must live life, honouring it and growing our understanding of it. It is the one constant through it all, it is everything and thanks to it, we get to be sons, fathers, lovers, priests and perhaps spirits. To see it through a tainted view is to forget all that it means beyond those experiences. In addition to being a great disservice to ourselves.

Some days will be hard, some days you won’t feel like trying at all. yet when you do try, you begin existing in that wonderful space where anything can happen and all is potential in becoming.

If there is one thing you do today that will help uplift you, let it be this. Sit by yourself and try to replay all the beauty in your life, bask in grateful memories, mine your depths for reminders of hope. Often we forget just how many great things have happened to us and reminding ourselves can help raise our spirits. With this renewed view of life, get out there and really show the people in your life how much you appreciate them. Begin honouring yourself and the gift of life you were given and never forget that anything can happen or what that truly means.

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