If there is anything that I have learned from all of my experience in the field of psychology and cognitive development it is that we as individuals are in a constant search for fulfillment and completion, though this very feeling itself is almost unattainable. Therefore we are in perpetual flight from one hope to another. The pursuit of happiness can be an endless road without a destination.
What is happiness anyways? Recently I made a post about what happiness looks like, but what does it mean to truly be happy? What is a happy person like?
I’m a happy person generally unaffected by unexpected setbacks and life’s disappointments, but I was not always this way. I learned to dance in the rain, love without holding back, give without expecting anything in return, and let go when I need to move forward. How did I learn? I learned by trying and failing. I failed many times before I realized that failure is the key to success. No one succeeds until they learn how to fail.
Today was a very special day because my older daughter, Layla, went to her first ice skating lesson. It was her first time getting on the ice and needless to say, she did great. I mean, who doesn’t think their child is great at anything they try? So maybe I’m biased, but I wasn’t surprised in the least because she’s a very determined and independent child. And she had been waiting to get on the ice since she learned about hockey awhile ago. Hockey is mommy’s favorite sport. Layla wants to play hockey. And when Layla falls down she gets back up and I mean that in a literal sense. It was delightful to see her taking her first steps (and lots of falls!) on the ice. She had one big fall towards the end of practice which really disappointed her. But on the way home when I told her that we will practice together before her next lesson she asked me to take her today! I can’t wait to practice with her. She’s a great kid that loves a challenge. She will push your buttons and test your limits beyond what you’d ever expect from a little girl that looks like an angel. I see so much of myself in her, but she is much more daring. Not afraid to take risks, she shows me that a girl can be as tough as the boys. She gives me strength and has made me a stronger woman. I’m very thankful to have her for a daughter and the memories made today will be with me forever.
The Daily Prompt inspired me today. The original prompt can be found here:
Happiness is a new day. Waking up to the sun peaking through my curtains and taking a deep breath. Then letting childlike excitement and enthusiasm fill my lungs and energize my soul in anticipation of what a new day will bring. I wake up every day with the goal of embracing what the future holds. If at the end of each new day I feel that I have wholeheartedly embraced life that is what happiness looks like.
Words of wisdom: Happy thoughts = happy feelings
Does that give you a reason to feel happy today?
2014 is here already and I couldn’t be happier. It’s only 2 days into the New Year and I’ve successfully completed 2 of my New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, I’m cliché when it fits… If the shoe fits of course I will wear it! Ducks need company at 7 AM and there is nothing like a good run to wake me up and get me energized for 8 hours of work-from-home writer bliss. So what are my New Year’s Resolutions anyway?
Run/Workout for 45 Minutes Everyday
(Note to self: Every. day. DO NOT SLACK.)
Start a Personal Blog
(Oh… Hey WordPress!)
Start a Twitter
And finally… drum roll please…
Sign up older daughter for Preschool
Pack your bag kid (to the tune of Dora the Explorer “Backpack, backpack!”)
It’s time to industrialize you… Just kidding.
My passion for education definitely inspired my daughter because she is ecstatic about starting school.
So there you have it. And I’m thrilled to mention that I went for a run on New Year’s Day. OK, let’s be honest here, it was a walk- a very fast walk, borderline-run, but a walk nonetheless. Along the way I took the photo above. I must say there is nothing quite like a swarm of ducks approaching you and crowding around you in curious wide-eyed delight. In that moment I imagine the thoughts of these ducks, thinking words and phrases like, “It looks like a human. It smells like a human. Alright, I think I’m onto something here. Where’s the bread, lady?” Instantly I’m reminded of a Dr. Seuss classic “Are you my mother?” Then suddenly I realize this is the most connected I’ve felt in awhile. And yet I’m completely unconnected and unplugged from technology. I’m floating in a cloud of the tech-free abyss. As a writer these moments are what I live for. In those moments my creativity is free to unleash itself. My thoughts consume me with tangible ideas and I’m free to run with them. Without these moments my creativity could never flourish. Words of wisdom: Take time to nourish your creativity.