I view the world much different than most, and for some it may not make sense, but a different view upon the world has made me the happiest I’ve ever been.
One of my favorite quotes by Buddha is, “stress is an illusion of the mind.” I’ve always loved this quote, but it’s taken me a while to truly interpret it’s meaning and I live my life by it ever since.
What are your worries? Money, bills, work? Drama, perceptions? All of which has been built in the world around you, all of which doesn’t need to mean anything to you.
I’ve stressed over all the things I mentioned above, until I realized that my mind deserved something better to pay attention to, and I realized that it wasn’t at all what I had been taught was important.
We all hear so much about the importance of getting a good job to make good money so you can have a nice house, nice car and nice things; so you can have good credit… so you can be successful.
But I’ve realized that I would never be successful if I was unhappy and that happiness is indeed life’s success. That’s all life should ever be, that’s all we should ever want.
We don’t all need a career at 23 and buy our own home at 30 so we can work and live there the rest of our lives. For some, this may make them happy and that’s great! But some are the happiest they’ve ever been being a freelancer, traveling around with no money in their car.
There should be no judgement upon individuality. No one’s life is meant to be the same and no one can tell you what matters and what doesn’t. This is exactly why we stress without real reason.
We create a life revolved around what we’re told is important even though it truly is not what is important to ourselves.
If there’s anything I’ve learned along my recent experiences, it’s that I am happiest with the least amount of money, without knowing what’s coming next or how I’ll make money next. In the beginning, I stressed a little when we ran low on money, but it began to mean less and less to me, and I began to stress less as well… and things always seemed to just work out.
“Stress is an illusion of the mind,” it doesn’t do nothing good for your mentality. This beautiful life means much more than your next pay check and the universe will play out the same. Do not let the modern world tell you what is worth your trouble, and then there will be no more of it.