You hear it all the time—don’t read to much into other peoples lives. After all, you really don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors. Nevertheless, it does seem as if some people move seamlessly through life—from one expected stage to the next. Others, however, struggle to experience even the most basic and essential of what life is supposed to offer. Having, friends, a life partner, a family, a successful or meaningful career—or even simple joy and contentment are out of reach for so many. When you follow the rules and do the best you can, and nothing seems go your way, how do you keep going?
Sometimes, the people we meet become a part of our lives. However, even a chance or brief encounter can have a lasting effect. Recently, I remembered such an experience during my first year of college. Although somewhere around two decades ago, for whatever reason, every now and then, that day comes to mind. The people we meet, even in passing might stay with us forever, even if we never see them again.
”Living my best life” is a term that is thrown around a lot these days. However, how many of us can honestly make this claim? It’s not hard to see why so many people are overwhelmed, disgruntled, and unfulfilled. Considering the daily stressors that threaten our peace of mind, a life well-lived is wishful thinking for most of us.
My writing journey began with poems. I had several in my collection before I delved into any other form of creative writing. They were a quick way for me to express my emotions, and they were somewhat therapeutic, too.
If you’re looking for a sound investment, consider the beauty industry. According to Inkwood Research, the industry is expected to grow from $432.7 billion in 2016 to $750 billion by 2024, worldwide. The goal today is to “slay,” and many are willing to do so at any cost. Looking your best might mean multiple and expensive surgical procedures or allocating a huge chunk of your budget to cosmetic products. There are only a few who honestly and wholly accept the face and body they see in the mirror.
There’s a reason terms like “Monday Motivation” and “TGIF” make popular hashtags. Tedious work, horrible bosses, and a frustrating commute lead to stressed and unhappy employees. We look forward to days off and transform into miserable, cranky beings as the hours wind down drawing us closer to another workday. Today, a mundane event reminded me that there are lessons all around us that can impact the way we look at life and what we consider to be problems.
What do you do when nothing works—when everything is falling apart, and there seem to be no options? Well-wishers, motivational speakers, friends, and family, offer advice like: have faith, pray, or send positive thoughts into the universe. However, if year after year, nothing changes, what do you do?
Many are busy making plans for what they want to accomplish in the new year. I get the idea of wanting to start each year with a fresh mindset and goals for a more fulfilling life. However, for me, change and resetting is pretty much an everyday thing. I’m always looking at ways I can grow or improve. It’s a little too heavy and heady to thrust a bunch of expectations and desires unto one year.
This, is life.
While we enjoy many advantages that those before could have never imagined, there is a yearning for the days gone by. It’s common to hear people speak of “the good old days.” It’s no wonder that retro-based TV programming is finding so much success today. There are reruns, the current trend of “reboots,” and even the creation of shows set in the past like Netflix’s Stranger Things or ABC’s The Goldbergs. The viewing audience is hungry for memories of a “simpler time.” So, just what’s the matter with the world that’s creating the need for this kind of escape?