“You have to be willing
to get happy about nothing.”
~ Andy Warhol
Why do you do what you do? Do you know the answer to that question? You should, because knowing the answer will completely revolutionize your life and how you live it.
Most people do things to “get somewhere”. They want a house, a car, and a picket fence. They want a diploma, some recognition, and respect. They want a relationship, a perfect body, or a new career. They want something to happen in the outside world because they assume it will make them feel better on the inside… but it doesn’t work that way.
I’m not saying not to go for the house, diploma, or relationship if that’s what you truly want. I’m here to give you a high five if that’s the path of your heart. What I am saying, is that nothing in the external world can make you happy or fulfilled if you’re not feeling happy and fulfilled already.
Yesterday I came across a video of Kevin Spacey on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” that really hit home. It was perfect timing, because I was having one of “those days”. You know the kind of day I mean, when you’re feeling low and getting nothing worthwhile accomplished.
I was feeling discouraged, and as I let my mind wander, thoughts of doubt began crept in. “Why are you even bothering with this blogging business? Do you know how many other writers are out there doing the exact same thing? You might as well give up now. You’re never going to “make it”.
And that’s when I came across this video:
In less than two minutes, I was reminded of a truth I know at my core. That there’s no prize “out there”, that there’s nowhere to “get to”, and that all we have is right Now.
From a new perspective, I then asked myself, why am I doing what I’m doing? Why am I doing all this work – writing, blogging, tweeting, and making videos?
The answer was simple: because it feels right. It feels like an extension of the happiness I already feel inside. I know I have something to give, and I’m givin’ it. I can feel good about that right now, today, in this moment. Nothing else really matters.
It’s likely that down the road I’ll “get somewhere” other than I am now, because life has a tendency to move forward. But since my mind will always present me with another place to “get to”, I’ve decided that for now, I’ve already won the prize.