It seems like a whole lot of folks are discussing happiness...or lack of. The world feels like a darker place lately, and everything is rushing by so fast. I feel that our rapidly growing field of technology, which provides instant information and connectivity has a lot to do with this. It's both a blessing and a curse in so, so many ways.
I grew up as a child in the 70s and 80s. How about you? Find yourself wishing you could go back? Even more, do you find yourself wishing you could take your kids back to that era? It felt more innocent...more sane...more stress-free. Or perhaps we ALL feel that way of our childhood years? I don't know, but I truly believe that if I had grown up in today's world, I wouldn't have fared so well. It's too much.
I saw this video today, and I'd like to share it: (follow link for credits. It is NOT mine)
So what are your regrets? Better yet...what are your accomplishments? What have you done that you are proud of...that made you happy...that made your family or friends happy?
WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS?
Write them down. Both the good, the bad, and the yet to come. Then, focus on what made you feel good and how you can work towards achieving your dreams. Make a plan, a calendar and make it attainable.
My dreams? Funny, how when you ask yourself that, there might be one or two things that pop to mind, but the rest is sort of fuzzy. It's always been a dream to be a published writer. That is likely my longest running dream. I am published, and people are enjoying my work but it is still a 'dream in progress'. When I get to new dreams, it's harder to put pen to paper. That my kids are happy is always at the top. But you know what? If you are close to your children, they will not be happy unless you are. If they see you miserable, depressed, negative and working yourself to death in a job you hate, to provide for them...that isn't doing them any good. (That isn't my situation...I'm fortunate enough to enjoy my job in the 'real' world, that also allows for me to spend time at my writing.)
Realistically, most of us can't just drop our responsibilities to run out and go after our 'dreams', but there are things we can do. Smaller, day-to-day things, and then that will lead to the broader ones.
Are you just existing? What are your regrets? What are your DREAMS?
Go after them!!!