You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn. You’re human, not perfect. You’ve been hurt, but you’re alive. Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things you love. Sometimes there is sadness in our journey, but there is also lots of beauty. We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt, for we will never know what is waiting for us just around the bend.
As Small Business Saturday approaches, my mind drifts to memories of the antique store my parents used to own. "The Lilac Hedge" was a significant part of my childhood. I remember running through the back of the house, where stock was piled to the ceiling. I remember passing time with my brother upstairs where we'd play hide-and-seek in the hidden railroad closets. I remember being dropped off from camp in the store's driveway, not my home's.
"Publicly posting your every move is now the norm, which means that the newest counterculture, in my humble opinion, is going to favor a return to letting one’s achievements, passions and involvements speak for themselves."
In the lazy days of summer, I find myself picking up thick reads, paging through pretty magazines, and scanning over fun blog articles. What's been catching my attention most recently, though, are thoughtfully curated Instagram accounts. Sometimes I dream of my own account being as flawless as the ones I'm about to share - but I'm just as content simply enjoying the beauty of these portfolios.
When connections are real, they simply never die. They can be buried, or ignored, or walked away from, but never broken. If you've deeply resonated with another person or place, the connection remains despite and distance, time, situation, lack of presence, or circumstance.
Hugh Mackay's view on happiness: "I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that—I don't mind people being happy—but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness."