I get older, I find that the major events are less and
less exciting, and they mean less and less to me.
What's more, I've come to disdain them in some ways
because I see so many people convinced that these events
are what life is all about, that these are the types of
things that can make people happy and content, and I know
that they're getting caught up in the moment--but where
will they be when that moment has passed?
simply, their day-to-day lives often seem more drab and
boring and unexciting after the huge events, after they've
experienced the excitement of a great vacation in an
exotic locale or attended the week's biggest game or got a new job. Once the newness of
a new job has worn off, most people find that it's just
another job. . . .
embrace this type of thinking largely because that's what
advertisers convince us to do--the big things cost money,
or they make us money that we can spend and impress
I'm thankful when I have tub full of hot water and
bubble bath, in which I can sit and soak and let my body
relax. I love my drive to work, which takes me past
forests and rivers and a beautiful lake. A cup of
hot chocolate on a cold, cold morning can do wonders for
events can be a lot of fun. But if we attach a great
deal of importance to them, if we believe that they're
going to add significantly to who we are as opposed to
being another experience, then we're putting too much on
them, and they won't be able to live up to the unrealistic
expectations that we assign to them. Enjoy them,
take them for all that they're worth, but remember that
they can't make you happy--only you can do that.