Wandering around foreign cities does it for me; gazing at the view, camera in my hands. I’m outside of time, in a bubble where I don’t have to do anything but exist.
There are moments where it hits you: this is how life should be.
There’s no time for worrying about work, or fretting over the trivialities of the everyday. You’re absorbed by the moment, by your surroundings, by the way you feel right now.
Most of the time we’re weighed down by the mundane: we’re frustrated by the traffic on our commute, or worried that we’ve forgotten something from the supermarket. We come home from work with that sinking feeling because there’s a huge pile of ironing waiting for us, or we have to rush around all weekend running errands, when what we really want to do is flop out in front of the television or curl up with a book or go on an adventure.
We’re always waiting for the weekend or our next holiday, or that idealised future when everything will be exactly as we’ve always imagined, and life can finally begin.
But that day never really comes.
There’s always something else. Whatever we achieve, we want something more: a bigger house, a faster car, a more luxurious holiday. Perhaps it’s a more fulfilling job or a better salary, more responsibility, a more prestigious title.
Living your best life doesn’t have to mean going after a big corporate job or making millions with your own business.
It means doing something that you find fulfilling, that makes your heart soar.
It might be discovering a new hobby or spending more time with friends, but when you find that thing, all the bad stuff seems less important. The petty worries fall away and you realise that this, now, is what life is.
You won’t be able to live your best life all the time. Who can honestly say they’ve managed that? But it’s about making the choices that will give you that freedom, that fulfilment, as much as possible.
It’s about accepting yourself and the things that are important to you and making space for them in your life.
It’s experiencing those moments that make you stop and think: “This. This is what happiness is.”