Life is the journey.

Life is what goes by as your waiting for it to happen.

It’s too easy to mistake ‘life’ as the moments when we’re having a good time. When we’re doing something amazing like travelling, lying on the beach, sailing on a cruise boat or only when the weather is nice and sunny.

It’s also easily mistaken only as the big milestones in your life, like when you graduate, get married, get promoted or watching your kids grow up. We think that the times in between are something we have to put of with before we get to the weekend or our planned vacation when we can finally ‘live life’. But what many of us don’t know is that we’re already doing it.

Life is happening right now as you’re eating, working, waiting, breathing. It’s a miracle and yet it’s the easiest thing in the world.

We forget that life happens in every crevice of our existence. It penetrates every part of your mind, soul and body. Life is amazing. Life is the happy and sad times and all the moments in between too.

Life is the train journey before you reach your destination.

Life is waking up early, or sleeping in late.

Life is sitting back with a good book.

Life is waiting in line at the supermarket checkout.

Life is running until your lungs feel as if they’re about to burst.

Life is the moment you turn your bedside lamp off.

Life is when a good song comes on the radio.

Life is getting caught in the rain.

Life is staying up late to watch trashy TV.

Life is the smell of good cooking.

Life is every gray morning.

Life is every smile, every tear, every hug, every touch.

Life is every moment of everyday. It is right now, waiting for you to embrace it.

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  • And life is reading this lovely post on a sunny Sunday morning after a beautiful run with my husband. Thank you Jessica.

  • Laura

    Thanks, you reminded me of John Lennon–“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

  • Andre

    You’re absolutely right when you say that life not only consists of supposedly good moments. But I struggle with embracing supposedly bad moments. Does the key lie in giving up connotations of “good and bad”? Consequently, the status quo would be as good as anything else. I wonder whether the the message is to embrace the status quo?
    Anyways, I think there is no mindset suited to all situations. Therefore one should always try to apply an appropriate mindset.

    As I’m confident that the described mindset is very powerful in many situations I wanted to thank you for reminding me. It already made me feel better. 🙂

  • Thanks for the reminder to enjoy the journey. Not to wait until after exams to start enjoying life. I think I’ll go for a run after work.

  • Idris

    This post reminds me of a video clip made by Steve Cutts i saw recently:

    “In the fall”

    Thanks for your posts Jessica. You mention many things i myself thought about in the last couple of months. Anyways, just wanted to say that you are an talented and inspiring writer and i hope that you’ll continue with what you’re doing!