Sometimes the best thing you can do, is take time out for yourself. Forget about the everyday world and just explore.
So I ended up going to Mornington which is one of my favourite places in Victoria. I often take where I live for granted and forget that I am a stones throw away from one of the best locations in the world.
Instead of walking the main strip of Mornington I detoured and discovered pathways that I have never seen before.
I walked past a church and heard people laughing. I thought maybe it was a wedding but I looked closer and it was a funeral. I always assumed a funeral would be a somber event, that it would be full of people crying or quietly talking to each other. Never did I imagine that people would laugh during such a serious time. But then again, a funeral is a celebration of a person’s life. It is a time to cherish the way the person has spent their time on earth. I know I would not want people to cry during my funeral. I would want them to laugh and wear bright colours. That is who I am. I love to see colour where there is no light. I make the best of the situation I am in. I am forever optimistic about the future.
This got me thinking about our life cycle. We are all born into the world in the same way. It is what we decide to do with our life which makes us unique and in a way defines who we are. I wondered how success would be defined around the world, surely it would not just be about the money. It would be about the small things that make us happy. At the end of the day money is just a piece of paper.
I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson “To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
We only have one life so lets make it one to remember.