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Can being happy really be that simple? I think so.

January 6, 2012

The website where I saw this said “Thanks Gustavo Vieira!” in attribution; not sure if he’s the creator or the pointer-outter, but Thanks Gustavo Vieira!

This image resulted in a head nod and an aloud “Amen” from me this morning.

Which resulted in a recollection of a David Sedaris quote I stumbled upon around Thanksgiving — “I just looked at the pattern of my life, decided I didn’t like it, and changed.”

Which resulted in me questioning, So many people are unhappy in some area of their life – social, professional, romantic, physical, spiritual… – why can’t it be as simple as them making a change to bring themselves happiness?  What’s the roadblock?  What do people need to take that seemingly simple, yet obviously not, step?  Though perhaps fuzzy to see through my gripes about skinny jeans or people thinking me giving them my business card is permission to add me to their mailing list, I’m ridiculously happy.  In every aspect of my life.  Things pop up that cause me stress, pain or disappointment.  I’ve got flaws, vices, and annoying traits.  I don’t have everything I want.  But somehow I continually navigate past negativity and unattained-desires and end up in Life is Greatville.  Why is that?

Thanks to Sedaris, my turkey-consuming family was consequently subjected to a trip-over-words excited “I have no idea what I’m doing and am making things up as I go but it feels right” brain dump of ideas centered around stupidly scarily moving away from what’s been my self-employment bread and butter over the past seven years, video production and teaching, towards focusing on using my own path to help folk live fuller lives.

I spent the post-Thanksgiving Friday revamping my website to reflect this lightbulb moment.  Throw something up there, take the next few months to hash out what exactly you’ll offer, maybe then convince a friend to let you guinea pig the new service on him/her…  That was the plan.  Two days later, I had my first sign-up.  And then another.  And another.  And another.

Life is wonderfully, oddly, randomly amazing.  You just need to participate in it.  And not worry about the What ifs.

Do something out of your proverbial comfort zone.  Do something you’re not “qualified” to do.  Do something that scares you.  Do something.  Just Do It.

Fantastically, there are vehicles out there to help you Nike life in the face.  Like The Leap Year Project.  Like Fear Experiment [starts in seventeen days!  Sign up for the wait list today!].  Like _______.  What other vehicles exist that encourage people to live full and engaged lives?  I’m ready for more leaps and more fear.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2012 12:26 PM

    Thanks for sharing Saya. Well said. As they say, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is called insanity.”

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