Yesterday was a big day for my little boy…
He finally got his fence!
After 10 months, Badger finally has a backyard again that he can go run around and play in.
Janell and I had so much fun “revealing” it to him. 🙂
He definitely had the zoomies.
I love this picture! ;-b
Check out Janell’s Instagram for more pictures and some videos.
It really was a lot of fun. 🙂
And, I’m certainly looking forward to not having to walk him at night before bed!
Although, we’ll still do our morning walks together; that’s kind of a special time for me. 🙂
Anyway, watching Badger and seeing how something seemingly so simple made him so happy (and Janell and me, too) got thinking… Truth be told, it’s actually something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately…
Isn’t it ironic that, as a society, we spend so much of our time unhappy working towards what we think will make us happy…someday?
Look at these stats:
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
- It’s estimated that 15 percent of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.
And those stats are just based on the reported cases. I’m willing to bet the numbers are much higher.
And, I’m pretty sure if you asked most people, “Are you really happy with your life right now?” or “Do you love how you spend most of your days?” the answers wouldn’t be too favorable.
Interestingly enough we’re actually in a very unique place right now…
It’s a cross between the put in your time now so you can enjoy your “golden years” (in other words, suck it up now so you can enjoy life later) mindset of previous generations and the instant gratification (if I can’t have it right now, I’m upset) world of today.
With either mindset, you’re kinda hosed…
So, without going into a big long philosophical discussion, I’ll just make this suggestion:
Find happiness each day. Even if just for a few moments.
And, realize THAT is what makes life happy.
It’s not about ending up someday (probably never) in some perfect 24-7 state of ecstasy.
Instead, it’s about creating happiness now in the moment and then stacking up those moments over your lifetime…
Watching Badger play makes me really happy. Him, too.
I’ll definitely put more of those moments in my life. 🙂
So, what’s something simple that makes you really happy that you can enjoy more of?
Please reply. I’d love to know. 🙂