I realized something profound today. Something that will shift my view on life as I move forward. Something I thought I knew, but didn’t actually completely understand.
We really don’t have to take life so seriously.
Now, of course, there are many moody, or serious subjects and events in life that are unavoidable. Darker emotions need to be faced at some point, and one would be in denial if they were always running from this aspect of life. They are a part of living as a human being, and thus should be confronted like anything and everything else.
But at the same time, I am one of many guilty of taking things on with a grave intensity that isn’t always necessary, and that often sucks the humor and fun out of life.
While having that attitude absolutely has it’s benefits (there are many things that are not laughing matters, and you can’t be productive if you aren’t focused and serious), it also has it’s drawbacks – often I don’t take out as much from a situation/experience when I’m so solemn. Sometimes life seems too thick, to dense. Unenjoyable, unhappy. This is how I view things when I deny myself the pleasures of lightheartedness – goofiness, laughing, horseplay, etc.
We attract certain things into our lives through the energy we have about ourselves. We shape our worlds through our thoughts and actions, which means you get to decide whether you want to live a serious or cheerful life… or a balance of both.
But I say this because often the beauty in life is particularly gripping when I am happy. When you are joyful, you see things differently. The world becomes a joyful place. And I want to have room for that joy in my world by not taking things so seriously all the time.
Just because life is difficult sometimes doesn’t mean it can’t ever be enjoyable. Keep that in mind next time you feel yourself sinking into your somber energy. You might find that relaxing and letting loose just a little goes quite a long way.