23, 12, 2015

the now and the next

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hello all! I realize I haven’t shared anything about my life with you in months and I am very excited about changing that right now! so I love quotes. I come across quotes almost everyday that I like to write down and think about and my Pinterest board dedicated to quotes is impressive, but I knew I had to do more when I came across this one. after it hit me right between the eyes and just flat out convicted me I knew I needed to write about it and share it with the world.

so here it is: “beware of destination addiction, until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.”

destination addiction: the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job, or even with the next partner. 

I find myself far more than I should wanting to just fast-forward. college, and I’m sure the rest of life, is full of routine and a lot of us are so far from content with our current day-to-day life that at the end of the day we just want a new one. it’s all a part of the ongoing search for happiness called life. I didn’t realize I was a “destination addict” until almost a week ago when I was very seriously deliberating just finishing up my second semester of college, dropping out, leaving college station to go home and find a job somewhere – for a very brief and low moment I was so unhappy with my current routine that I just wanted to fast forward to the next chapter of my life that shouldn’t be happening for another three years. but when I seriously started considering doing something drastic and life-alterring like that, I was able to realize that you don’t get to experience the whole beautiful story if you just fast-forward to the highly anticipated end of the book..

and you don’t gain any “life experience” if you skip out on living.

It’s hard to be content with college when you’ve got Instagram showing you pictures of beautiful people living adventurous lives all over the world.

It’s hard to be content with being single when you’ve got your whole wedding planned out on a Pinterest board but no ring on your finger or potential boyfriend in sight.

I know those are two seemingly petty examples, but I think that they’re two huge thieves of joy that a lot of us are really familiar with. but if you can’t relate to my examples just fill in the blanks with whatever you would rather be doing or wherever you’d rather be.

It’s hard to be content period when a picture of your life looks a whole lot less picture perfect than the lives of those that you see in magazines, on tv, in the movies, and on every social media site out there.

and when we allow comparison to steal our joy we find ourselves unhappy and wanting to fast forward. sometimes we even get to the point of letting ourselves entertain the thought of making horrible decisions we would never forgive ourselves for making (and I really hope I’m not the only one who does that one because then you would all think I’ve lost my mind).

looking back a week later, I can’t believe I’d even let myself consider giving up on attaining some of my greatest goals all in the name of impatience. and looking forward, I really don’t want to miss out on the happiness in every single day all in the name of discontentment.

so if you find yourself struggling with destination addiction, I urge you to stop and take a look around at your beautifully imperfect life and just smile at the beauty of it all. life is far too short and I think we’d all hate to blink and wake up one day just to find out that we missed it just like Ferris Bueller said.

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