We live in a world that prizes accomplishment. We demand that our lives matter, that we make a difference, that we add value to the world. Even in our leisure, we are pushed intrinsically and extrinsically to plan the best vacation and consume most delicious meal — to run or ski or hike farther and faster than last time.
In this push for bigger and better, there are so many good things that emerge. We learn and grow. We create things that make the world better. We experience life in its fullest and test our perceived limits.
Yet sometimes — at least for me — this constant push to be more and do more can distract from a core truth.
It’s okay to be happy.
While I want to be better tomorrow than I am today, it is okay to appreciate who I am right now. While there is so much change that our world still desperately needs, there are so many examples of progress that we could raise a glass to right now.
While we must keep pushing every day, we also must give ourselves permission to be happy — right where we are, right now.