Hello there! I’m back after a long, long break from blogging.
Before I begin my blog post, let me ask you a question. Okay, not me. This is something you need to ask yourself.
When was the last time you laughed your heart out, without giving a thought to the people around you?
No. I do not mean the time you laughed at a silly WhatsApp forward, I mean “laughing so much that your stomach starts hurting” kind of laugh. I’m sure you are finding it hard to recollect. That’s what our lives have come down to. Working constantly to make our lives happy, and forgetting to be happy in the process. Ironic, isn’t it?
There’s a saying which goes like this:
“Sometimes when you’re looking for an answer, you search everywhere else before you take a look at what’s right in front of you.”
The same saying applies to us, we search for every possible resource in the world to know the “ways” in which we can possibly lead a happy and successful life. Be it motivational speakers and what not. But, what they do not tell us is how to just “live.”
You see the difference? Leading a life and living a life mean totally two things, in my opinion.
Getting back to the saying, you may ask, what is right in front of me that will teach me to live? The answer is unsurprisingly, “children.” Or babies, or kids, or whatever name by which you want to call them.
Have you ever stopped for a moment and looked at the way children spend their time? In genuine bliss, happiness which shines on their faces when they play, or dance, or draw. I feel there’s so much we can learn from kids. Plainly by observing them. Look at the way they find joy in scribbling in their babyish handwritings on a piece of paper. Look at the way they forget the world when they are playing. Look at the way they laugh. It’s music to ears to listen to a baby’s laugh. They don’t need jokes or videos to make them laugh. They know how to be content with whatever is given to them.
Kids enjoy their present, but do we? Even if we are enjoying something, we keep planning or worrying about the future, rather than fully being in the moment. Kids think creatively but we have restricted our creativity and seldom does it get out of the box, and we complain that our lives have become monotonous and drab. Who is to blame?
We may feel that we are happy with our lives. However, have you observed kids playing with a heap of sand, trying to build their beautiful castles? Every single gravel brings joy on their faces.
Do we know to do any of these? Can we say that with confidence? I don’t think so. Every action we do, every step we take, we question ourselves whether it is right or wrong. We have become slaves of our thoughts, these thoughts are our remote and we are the machines run by them. Our lives have turned so robotic, we wake up and go about our day just the way we did the previous day, and the same routine continues every single day.
So, take time out for yourself today, and do something which makes you happy, without thinking about the outcome. Think that your thoughts have run out of batteries and you are working without them, fairly well. 😀
Take time to live like a child does. You won’t be let down, I assure you. Spend a day or two with a gang of kids and you will be surprised at how happy it makes you feel. You will gain years of energy and positivity by doing it. Try it out!
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