July 06, 2017
I love looking at “Throwback Thursday” photos. Remembering a time in my life when things were different. I was different, skinnier, younger, bolder, wilder, and sad to say happier. Or so I thought. Playing grown-up is not what it's cracked up to be. I love my life, but having these adult responsibilities and this new cautious spirit I have is not the business. I miss my carefree days, staying up all night, then grabbing an energy drink and a shower then off to work. Not missing a beat. When did that change? I can still stay up all night, I will just feel like crap the next day and it will take more than an energy drink to keep me going.
Was I happier back then? When I look back at old photos, my smile is infectious and I look like I'm having the time of my life. My photos now seem different. Can you see the stress, my self-doubt, my worries about my business, my life, and the uncertainties of the future? Could people really see all that from a quick selfie? Am I being paranoid or a tad dramatic? I highly doubt it. But back to the question of the day... Was I happier back then? In all honestly, I wasn’t. My happiness is different now. And it should be. Why? Because I am different now. I have grown, matured, and changed from who I was 5, 10, 15 years ago. Heck, I’m different from who I was 5 days ago. Why wouldn’t the things that make me happy change as well? My happiness is more centered on the present moment. Things that make ME happy and no one else. My happiness is selfish. It's for me by me.
The thing we love most about “Throwback Thursday”, is remembering back to happier times in our lives. We focus on a time in our life when things were amazing, you were happier, and usually, things were simpler. Nothing is wrong with spending a few moments embracing a previous time in our life. Especially if life isn’t what you want it to be right now. Take the time to take stock of what was working and going well in your life. What external forces impacted your happiness. Where was your mind, what was going on internally? But don’t dwell that you are not the same person you once were. You are meant to change, your likes and dislikes should change as well.
You are the only person that has control of your happiness. You can absorb the bullshit and negativity or you can learn from it, ignore it, and brush it OFF. Whatever you do, do not let external factors deny YOU internal happiness.
Until next time. No matter what, find a reason to be happy today, you Deserve it.
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August 08, 2017
what a great reminder! thanks for sharing these thoughts.
This is so true, such great things to keep in mind about positivity!
Man I totally relate. I did listen to a podcast the other day though that came to the scientific conclusion that older folks are happier than young or middle-age people, so at least we have something to look forward to?
Wow! I quite relate to it too. But I am enjoying this new phase of life. The new definition of happy.
Its all true. I never use the word ‘deserve’, but I think of it as “created” I CREATED this- the good, the bad, and everything inbetween. Taking ownership is so vital <3
So much truth, I can relate to this a lot. Great wisdom.
I love that you said “you are the only one to control your happiness” My mom used to say that and it is so true. I can control me and how I feel! Great reminder!
What a great post! It’s easy to look back and think the grass was greener!
I relate to this so much! It’s a great reminder to stay positive
SUCH a great reminder thank you so much!
This is such a great reminder! I love this, thanks for sharing!
Good reminder. I need to be better at self-care in the present. So hard with kids sometimes, but it is truly neccessary!
August 07, 2017
I hear you on missing the carefree day… that we didn’t actually know were carefree because we were so riddled with horomones! haha
Great reminder to take note of what is good in your life right now.
Good reminder to be present. I am definitely harboring a lot of anxiety and I do think that has translated to my waist line and my hair color among other things, lol
November 25, 2018