It doesn’t matter who you are, where you have been, or what you plan to do. It doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have. It only matters that you want to be happy here and now. You can achieve this without adding anything else to yourself or your repertoire of experiences.
#1. If it’s in the past, leave it there:
Stop reliving those old moments, memories, and torn regrets. You are not them. If you can move forward successfully (most think they have, but fail to actually do so), then life is yours. Your experiences have served to bring you to the here and now, but they can only help you. They can only make you smarter and wiser.
Today is a new day. Enjoy a new smell, a new flavor, a new anything. Make big plans, or better yet, try to reinvent yourself.
#2. Reinvent yourself:
Take all of your love, all of your hate, and every other emotion and let them turn you into something greater. Just up and reinvent yourself. Change jobs. Change wardrobes. Fixate on different foods, drinks, and hobbies. Clean out your house from top to bottom. Spend your time differently. Change routines, and in so doing, find new ways to access the joys of others. You’ll appreciate this because it won’t be long doing it until you start to forget the old you and absorb your affections in totally new outlets. You will feel like – and be – a different person. The change can be so wonderful that it will scare you!
#3. Start today:
Don’t put off a thing. Don’t even wait until you finish reading this article. Resolve to forever move forward. As soon as you get up, you will approach life differently because the enemy has always been procrastination. The ugly head of waiting is what has always been a thorn in your side, and it always will be. This is true in every discipline and in every field of study or occupation. Strike. Attack. Lash out. Move. Don’t sit still! Don’t lose opportunities, for in so doing, you will someday find regrets.
What do you want to do? Write a book? Manage a grocery store? Become a firefighter or teacher? It doesn’t matter. Start on the journey of whatever is possible, taking satisfaction today in whatever you will be tomorrow. If the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then the joy of arriving can (at least in part) be had the moment that first step is taken.
by Zach Henderson