Stories and my brain

I’ve been thinking. A lot. On a particular story, and I’ve been so deeply in the mindset of this story that I didn’t know it changed how I viewed the world. Then, I picked up another, half finished, half planned story on a totally different subject and my mind clashed. My left brain clashed with my right. They melded together (Vulcan mind meld ftw!) and now I’m left in a state of awe.

Simply awe. At life, at humans, at the planet Earth, at the thing we call brain, at everything that I have around me. And I’m sad. Sad because the second story has such a strong sad ending it permeates through to the beginning, even though I haven’t written those tens of thousands of words in between. Sad, yet hopeful and happy. It is such a confusing feeling that I had to share it with the world. Have you ever had this same double-feeling? for no reason at all? Just because of the thoughts you thought?

It’s almost an enlightened feeling. I think. I don’t know if I’m enlightened or not, or even halfway or anything. But I imagine this could be how it feels like.
I had a similar feeling when I had finished the last Harry Potter book. Like I was the light at the end of the tunnel, and at the same time the darkness in the other end, but it didn’t matter, because I simply was, and was feeling great.

And then, as if life wasn’t strange enough, one of my very best friends, (we’ve been “friends” since we could walk, had a sort of fall out a couple of years ago, but everything is forgiven and forgotten now (at least on my part) she sent me this link on my facebook page and wrote that she thought about me and my values when she read said link. It touched me. Deeply. (and added to this strange sort-of-enlightened feeling)

It’s about happiness, simply. Happiness, and what you don’t need. Well, the article’s heading reads “15 things you should give up to be happy” but I’d prefer to angle it as 15 things you’d do better without to be happy. So what are these 15 things you don’t need then? In my words, you don’t need:

  1. To always be right
  2. Control
  3. Blame
  4. Self-defeating self-talk
  5. Limiting beliefs
  6. Complaining
  7. Criticizing
  8. Impress others
  9. Resist change
  10. Labels
  11. Fears
  12. Excuses
  13. The past
  14. Attachments
  15. Other people’s expectations

Looks familiar? I have a bit of a déjà-vu here… To read the article/blogpost for these 15 things click 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy, where the things are explained more in detail. Highly recommend you read it!

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls

-Joseph Campbell


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