When I was home this weekend, my mom and I were talking about happiness.
Happiness seems like something that you should achieve naturally. It seems like it should be this euphoric state that comes over you without a conscious effort to make it happen. Because if it were something that you were working towards, it would feel too forced to be true happiness. However, we both decided that this isn’t the way things work.
We were saying how happiness isn’t something that just happens; you need to take steps to find it and achieve it. You need to put yourself out there and figure out what will make you happy and then do it. It requires work, which can seem counterintuitive.
One of the things I miss most about swimming is the concept of being part of team and having goals that you work to achieve together. Having people hold you accountable for your actions and contributions to those goals can lead to incredible things. It may sound cliché, but we can achieve so much more together than we could as individuals. So, this weekend, we decided that together, we were going to take steps together to help us continue to find happiness in our lives.
After being Freshly Pressed last week, I had to opportunity to read a lot of blogs from folks who left comments on my post. One blogger wrote a post on her blog, “A Bit Of Everything” that featured a TED talk about 30 day challenges:
After watching it, my mom and I knew this was something we wanted to try. There are so many little things that we have always wanted to do, but for some reason or other, have never done. The 30 day challenge packages these things in a way that seem manageable and somewhat fun. After inviting Abby into the fun, we decided to start a blog so that we could document our shared experiences (sorry, it is private – my mom isn’t ready for the fame that comes from a public blog just yet).
So with our newly minted blog, we have set out on our first challenge: take a picture every day for the next 30 days and post it to our site.
Our first 30 day challenge is not earth-shattering. It will not change our lives. But it will allow us to share and appreciate a small piece of each other’s daily lives. And while it may not be awe-inspiring photography, I believe we will at least capture a few moments and memories that we may have otherwise missed.
Onward to happiness!