It’s 6am. The dreaming comes to an abrupt halt. Your ears start to bleed at the sound of that tiresome alarm tone. You attempt to peel your eyelids open like you have done too many times before. Slurping your coffee down, you start contemplating the day’s work about to be presented to you.
You slip on your new shoes you bought last night, believing they will add the spring in your step you have been missing for so long. You walk out the door, your mind a thousand miles away. You start that drive, the same colorless route you take every morning while cursing the sluggish traffic movements. Your mood is inert and your ‘joie de vivre’ is on ground zero.
The next day comes along. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Until, one morning you wake up, still half asleep, you tell yourself that from today it will not be the same. It’s not just the sunshine beaming through your window that lifts your spirit or the fact that the weekend is on the horizon and you will be able to forget the past five days at work, it is just you deciding that today is going to be much different. Kickass different.
So you decide to walk to work, at an easygoing pace and through a much more colorful route. You look up into the sky-scraping jungle and its colossal blocks that have always made you feel so miniature and meaningless. But today it doesn’t drag you down, oddly you just can’t stop smiling.
You realize that you’ve never noticed the beauty of the morning sun reflecting off the myriads of windows.
Or the chubby lady sculpture watching you walk by with her Mona Lisa eyes. She notices you noticing her, and she sees that you are different today, there’s a spring in your step.
You now see the birds flying high above the ground you once had your gaze hardwired to.
You catch sight of an abandoned chair on the riverbank and you wonder what that man felt like as he threw up his hands in disgust and said to himself, “I’m out, I’m off to a new river”.
You finally glimpse at the world around you, simply the way it is.You are here and now, minus the cloudy haze that once blocked your view. You now see the vivid palette of concrete colors that have always surrounded you and you now hear what was once the city’s morning racket as [insert favorite song here].
There is so much to see, appreciate and be grateful for, you just need to open your eyes and heart to the world with all its small details. It is easy to take things for granted, or to feel unsatisfied with your days, but because life is happening all around you, you need to strive to stay aware of your surroundings that have become invisible to you. So do the things that inspire you, excite you, motivate you and wake you up while focusing on the moments that generate appreciation within you.
Making this slight tilt on your daily view can have a great impact on your life. Such small adjustments can create the biggest changes. So forget jumping into the deep end, take a plunge into the colorful.
(photos taken in Boston and Miami)