Yesterday I heard (or should i say read, cos it was on a poster) a quote that changed my life. It’s one those things that makes you really re-consider what you do day-to-day. It makes you re-evaluate every core assumption you’ve ever had about life. Here’s how it goes: “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
Think about it.
Beware. Barrenness. Busy life.
At first it caught me off guard. Isn’t doing more stuff in life better? I mean, if you only live once (YOLO!!), wouldn’t you want to cram as much stuff into it as possible? That’s when the revelation hit me.
This is HUGE.
I think it means the following: the real way to die happy is to do the stuff that you find fulfilling – which doesn’t always mean adding more and becoming more busy. A busy life can be incredibly un-fulfilling. Sometimes we fill our time because we feel obligated to. Sometimes we do it because being “bored” scares us. Sometimes we do it because we’re bound by an idea about how “ambitious people ought to be” (that’s me sometimes – not all the time though). It’s all bullsh*t. Thank god I’m learning this lesson now at such a tender age..
I could have just as easily done what we’re “supposed to do” to be happy and successful. YOLO right? Carpe diem. Seize the day. DO a bunch of sh*t. Cross things off your bucket list.… But I learned first hand that often my most enjoyable days were achieving nothing. Going nowhere. Adding nothing. Crossing nothing off my bucket list. Just sitting there with a skinny vanilla latte by myself or talking to someone i love like my girlies, my babi or my family. I couldn’t share how much it “added” to my life, because there was nothing to check off or brag about, but it was real and it was there. And I was happy. Strike that. And I am happy.
P.s Last day of my trip back home in no time, time flies hence make sure you live in every moment 🙂