DISCLOSURE: The only thing I have going in on this post is the title.. I have no idea where this will go, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Sometimes in life, certain things will happen that will make you see things - perhaps everything - in a different light. Suddenly make you realize that things you thought were important aren't, and perhaps make you value things you didn't realize were important, even more.
If you're lucky, this change in perspective is something that reflects even more accurately the true you - the you that you have been becoming or trying to be.
It can be an amazing epiphany.
Whether you've had or are having a life changing moment, the reality is that all the moments of your life have led you to this one. And this moment will lead you to another one. You can't help it - it's what happens. It's life. And you can let these moments just pass you by, or you can - in the spirit of the Dead Poets' Society - seize the day. Carpe diem..
Enjoy where you're at. Enjoy what has made you you. Celebrate yourself.
And if you're reading this right now and you don't feel like you can do that, well... first, *hugs*. Second, do something to change that. Change what's making you miserable. Change what you value. Really look at what is important, and focus on that - value that. If it brings you unhappiness, if it turns you away from others, from experiencing the joy in life, then maybe - just maybe - it's not that important.
The Dalai Lama says that the Art of Happiness is finding those things in life that bring you joy and maximizing them. And "things" frankly is the wrong word, because I'll tell you people, things don't bring you happiness. They might bring you comfort, or amusement, but things never, never bring happiness.
My life has taken a significant change lately. My perspective has a tremendously different shift. And I am happy.
May you all be so blessed.
P.S. I turned 42 on Saturday. And I have joked for nearly 30 years probably that 42 is the answer to everything from Doug Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which I've never read. So as I approached this birthday, I kept feeling - down in my bones, perhaps, or just joking at the surface, who knows - but I kept telling folks that I was looking forward to 42 because it was the answer to everything. And you know, when I turned 42 - the minute I was 42 - I, indeed, had the answer to everything.
It is amazing.