Happiness and Dragonfruit

 

At the moment I’m sitting in a beautiful room of a beautiful hostel with my buddy Carlos, getting ready to head down to the beach for a massage and a casual lunch with two other friends, Cody and Ross.

Breakfast was pseudo-Western fare – eggs, bacon, baked beans, toast, melon – and the owner brought us some fresh dragon fruit as a dessert, explaining that the Chinese believed eating it would give you the strength and magical powers of a dragon.

I don’t have powers, but since I started traveling, I’ve felt like it.

Even when I’m not in a true, palm-tree-laden, beach-covered, cheap-massage-providing PARADISE, I’m still enjoying life, experiencing things that provide a constant stream of inspiration, excitement, education and happiness.

I bring this up because in the rush to improve ourselves and get to the next level and achieve the myriad goals we have set for accomplishment, it’s important to remember why we do it, and to appreciate our happiness when we have it.

I’m the kind of person who will never be content with what I have, but I’ve learned (and am still learning) to be happy, and to know that when that feeling goes away, it’s time to move on; change the way I’m doing things.

I know, I know, it takes a lot of work to get to where you want to be, and there will be times where you just have to cope with what’s going on and suffer a little bit. But even during those periods where everything is going wrong, there should be something in the back of your mind saying ‘yeah, but this is the good stuff’ or ‘man, this is going to make a good story later.’

Happiness is great for your health – mental and physical – and if you aren’t investing in being happy most of the time, there’s probably a better way to do what you’re doing.

Stop everything you’re doing right now and take a moment to think of where you’re at and all the good things you’ve got going for you. Just breath and think and reminisce and smile.

Taking a moment to reflect on the good and be happy is one of the best investments you can make.

12 comments

  1. I agree it’s hard to be content with what you have and you never can fully appreciate what you have until it’s gone. Deciding to sell everything and travel indefinitely has brought on a range of emotions for me. I’m suddenly cherishing my times with my friends, taking my dogs for walks every night like they deserve, and paying attention to the little things. I’m much more thankful because I know that soon all these things will be gone. My parents will take care of my dogs, my things will be sold or given away, and my friends well… they’ll move on just as I do, but hopefully will keep in touch. It takes a lot of work and courage.

    The best stories are those that were full of mishaps on the road… they have been the most memorable for me. Those are the stories I tell.

  2. thx for the post Colin. Awesome to see you’re enjoying yourself with other awesome peeps. Jealous.

    Keep it real and I know you will.
    -T.

  3. ah the education process!! this is a big part of what drives me in my travels. i want to immerse myself in the cultures and learn as much as i can.. in maybe a more ‘extreme’ way than most. e.g. four month monastery retreats and now.. 173 mile island walk mingling with locals/tribes/shamans.. it’ll be a trip, for sure! i’m content with what i have now, in terms of things.. but i suppose i can never be completely content in terms of experiences.. and that’s why i’m always pushing myself for more.

  4. Love it, Colin!

    Happiness is ours for the taking … we can change our situation, change our life — for the better — if we really and truly want to be happy with our lives. If not, we just have to settle. That’s all there is to it.

    Settle or take risks and challenge yourself to get to where you can be infinitely happier. I choose the latter. And I know you do too. Sweet!

  5. So true. Sometimes I see couples visiting Thailand. Everything could be perfect. You know how nice the country is. Beach. Food. Sunsets. The kind of beauty that you thought only exists on postcards. And what do they do? Romantic walks on the beach? Hot sex in their seaview bungalow? Enjoying the water? Nope. They fight about… stuff that’s not worth fighting about. In life, you should do what is necessary to be happy. Especially, but not only, when you go on vacation.

  6. I agree with you on this. Since I started my blog I take pictures of everything. I’ve been so caught up with the whole science and ideas behind faith that I really just need my time to breathe. When something bad happens it’s always hard to remember that one slice of pie you had earlier that morning.

    Where are you now? Thailand Package said something about Thailand, but he’s obviously from Thailand so my hypothesis has failed :(

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  10. I think most people forget that the most important investment is tour health and happiness. I sometimes forget this but rock climbing makes me truly happy. The challenge, perseverance, and never ending battle to get better. Sports good weather and the beach are nice too.

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