When I was a little younger, I always had this idea that happiness and peace of mind were “out there” somewhere, waiting for me at some unknown destination. Hell, that’s probably why I started traveling in the first place.
I thought that if I could just summit that mountain, take that road trip, work on a fishing boat in Alaska, live abroad, or whatever was next—then I’d finally be content, and not so damn restless all the time.
What I came to realize by grasping at these things though, is that they’re fleeting. There’s always another mountain to climb. Contentment isn’t out there waiting somewhere. It’s a choice that you have to make today, with what you have, and regardless of where you are. It’s within.
Being indoors, and with no trips or outdoor adventures planned for a while, I’ve found that this mindset is really helpful these days. There’s nowhere to go, nowhere in particular to be, so it’s important to find joy in the little things, and in the now. Going for a run. Eating a good meal. Netflix and reading. Calling your friends.
With all these changes happening, this is a really good time to practice shifting your thinking from “I’ll be happy when,” to “today, I’m happy because.”