The meaning of life // morning pages #4

I was just thinking – many of us look at photographs, find inspiration in them and wish we were in that vibe. Maybe all we’re looking for in life is just moments? Maybe that’s what we actually find ourselves chasing? Maybe we have to understand that happiness is found in the small moments we’re so used to experiencing? I’m a WeHeartIt addict, and find myself liking photos of wooden tables with coffee cups and old books, girlfriends laughing while walking down the street, people hugging. And I have those things all the time – I just don’t realize how it looks from the outside, that it actually is the same as the photos, and how valuable those moments are.

Picture from WeHeartIt

I was also driving with my uncle today and I started talking about how I often find myself thinking about the meaning of life. Like why do so many of us work 9-5, have dinner, watch tv, go to bed and repeat? But also, why do others travel the world to see as much of it as possible? Why do we do anything at all? Like, seriously, why? 

I actually don’t think that changing what we do on the regular, the activities and habitual things, is the most important thing to look at when we’re looking for happiness. Of course it’s important that we like what we do, and we should work towards making our every day life as in line with our values as possible, but maybe it’s more important what we make out of it and how much we’re actually there.

Every time I find myself slightly depressed, which I’ve been on and off for as long as I can remember, I get obsessed with that question. What the meaning of life is, I mean. And I’ve asked so many people. Every time I ask the so called “happy people” I meet, those who seem to enjoy life and never think about that question, I get the same answer. “I think the meaning of life is to be happy, and take care of each other.”

Personally I hope there’s a bigger meaning to life than that, but while we’re on this earth I think that is absolutely right.

It’s like my aunt said to me the other day; “just remember, wherever you go you’ll be there – you can never run from yourself.”

Going to Bali wasn’t what I expected it to be. It was absolutely amazing, but not like I expected. That’s because I was looking at photos from other peoples experiences there before I went, and in some magical way thought it would be just like that for me as well. But I’m always myself, and I have to make those things and those vibes happen for me myself. No matter where I am.

It’s a beautiful thing – that we can make whatever we want out of a moment. Drinking coffee in the morning doesn’t have to be the “chugging down a cup before running to work just because I need something to freaking open my sleepy eyes”. It can be like the photos; sitting down in peace, enjoying it from our favourite cup, reading the news in a comfy outfit with our favourite tunes coming out of the speakers. It’s all about how we choose to perceive it.

Picture from WeHeartIt

I don’t know exactly where I’m going with this – I’m just realising more and more that what we make of life is what we get from it.

 

Anne-Line Erlandsen

Anne-Line Erlandsen 24 y/o. Holistic health coach currently based in Norway.

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    Alexia Degremont

    29/07/2017

    I love this post!
    The quote “just remember, wherever you go you’ll be there – you can never run from yourself.” really resonates with me as well. Now when people ask me how Bali was, I don’t think about the beaches, the monkeys, the cafés,… I remember the people I met and the feelings I had. The feeling of being free, fearless, open-minded etc. and I realise now that Bali helped me discover these feelings, but now I can have that anywhere I am. We don’t have to be on the other side of the world to experience amazing things, meet interesting people and feeling that sense of freedom and joy.
    I think the meaning of life is to try to be the best person you can be, finding your purpose in life, and following your own intuition, helping others, being kind…

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      Anne-Line

      29/07/2017

      Ah I love this! I totally agree when you’re saying Bali helped you discover those feelings – it’s exactly how I feel, I’ve just never thought about it that way. Ah, traveling truly is so magical!

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