Have you ever thought about this? I know you’ve thought about happiness like any other person. After all it’s the elusive unicorn we’re all trying to find but have you ever thought that you already have it in the moment you’re in right now. Honestly maybe that statement is a load of shit. What if you’re being sexually abused by a loved one or you’re so poor that you have sleep for dinner five days a week, that’s fucked up and there’s no happiness in that present. If you are going through something as severe as that I’m sorry you have to experience that and I want you to fight back with everything you have no matter how small. I came across this idea while I was reading The Alchemist, it’s a great book so far. I hope to have a love like the one the boy has for Fatima one day, his feelings for her were beautifully described. The day I read it I thought of all the torture I subject myself to on an almost daily basis through dissecting all the mistakes I’ve made in the past and worrying about my future. I’m sure you know what that’s like, one moment you’re either happy or content the next you’re flung into a miserable state of depression for the rest of the day. This happens to me a lot. I walked home that day after work still pondering the idea that happiness lies in the present moment and something simple yet incredible happened. I noticed the beauty of the blue sky, it’s clouds and the golden hour sunset. I take the same route home everyday and I never noticed it before. I felt calm and present. Absolutely no thoughts of the past or the future. Only a child like gaze in awe of what I was seeing. Most importantly I was happy and remained happy for the rest of the day because I reminded myself of the experience I had. I can’t tell you to always be present and enjoy the moment because I don’t think I can do that and I believe there is value in being able to reflect on the past or dream of the future. But I can tell you that every once in a while the present can and will be the best place to be. It’s up to you to decide when to make it your sole focus. There is happiness in the present, trust me I’ve seen it and I NEED you to see it as well.