Sleepily perusing a blog post I read, “Think about when you’ve been happiest in your life”. The post was about finding happiness and hit close to home as I’ve struggled with how busy my life has become and wondered how satisfied I am in it.
When I am most frenetic and busy, it is not when I’m most happy. As an introvert who has to spend time alone to recharge, I often come home spent. Because of that, I don’t exercise like I should. Intellectually I understand that if I exercised more, my energy levels would recharge better.
Between the morning coffee and my thoughts, my brain awakens and uses the moment as a stepping stone to consider: “what do you want with the last third of your life, what is it that makes you most satisfied?”
- Connecting with a patient and feeling like we are making progress together.
- Spending a few hours with friends or family.
- Seeing ongoing improvements in my ability to draw.
- Learning something new.
- The feeling I get AFTER I exercise (not during as I dislike it).
Ultimately the question becomes, how does one craft life to increase those moments that give you real joy. After 58 years on this earth I should be able to do that, shouldn’t I?