I’m getting more and more nostalgic as time goes by, truly appreciating everything we’ve got around us. This will be my last autumn and winter in Sweden in years and I’m making the most of the little time I have left (a must visit right now is Bergianska Trädgården by Universitetet and Rosendals Trädgård). Autumn has always been my favorite season, few things are as beautiful as watching nature go from all its life and vitality to the inevitable change of our surrounding. It’s like seeing the circle of life right before our eyes, in the most literal and metaphorical sense. From the birth of nature to its decay from which life will later form again. It teaches us that just that there’s always a yin to the yang, and shows that you can’t truly appreciate heaven if you haven’t been through hell.
Something I’ve learned in the past few months is how to live in the moment and be present and awake in your own life, rather than going through the monotonous wheel of mundane obligations that surround us on a daily basis; wake up, go to work, come home, eat, sleep and repeat. I wish to take no part in that lifestyle and therefore I’ve made the choice to actively participate in my own life and making the days count rather than counting the days. Why wait until the weekend, for that sunny vacation or better times when you could be living life right now instead?
For me, it all comes down to the little things in life. Like having coffee with the one you love or sitting in the car with your old man, talking about existential questions. It’s coming home to a family that loves you and wish for nothing but your happiness and wellbeing and being surrounded by friends who lift you up, even if you’re not even in the same continent. I think it’s what everything comes down, how much you love and how you’re loved. The love you have for yourself and the love from the people you choose to surround yourself with, everything else is just a bonus.
There’s a quote I try to live by that goes like this;
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that make us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy”
So take a moment out of all the stress, external and internal pressure in your everyday life and tell yourself and the people around you what you’re truly grateful for. Hug your mother and give that sweet barista who makes your morning coffee a compliment. Smile at strangers, help those in need and go easy on yourself. Spread love and kindness around you like a kid spreads Nutella on his sandwich.
Today I am grateful for my friends and family and how they always try to make me smile and laugh, for the sun shining and making the trees look like they’re on fire with their red and yellow autumn leaves.
What are you grateful for today?