Nice that it's a Friday right?
Before starting work about a month ago, I never really got that 'thank God; it's Friday' feeling, but now every Friday the fact that it's Friday replaces the weather as the main topic of conversation. It's quite nice as everyone swaps their weekend plans but also a bit depressing because you spend all week gearing yourself up for 2 days that go by so quick.
Actually, this reminds me of a Dalai Lama quote. Let me find it.
Someone asks him what surprises him most and he says:
"Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never
going to die and then he dies having never really lived"
Something about this always strikes me as true as we are always looking to the next thing; the next holiday, the next party, what we're going to do after now. Life happens where you're just in the moment and you forget yourself.
More and more I'm agreeing with philosophers who said that you only 'forget yourself' and become free when you participate in art - music, theatre, painting.
This used to annoy me because I thought it was so upper class and anti pop-culture....but then I realised I get these kind of moments when listening to music, jogging/doing jiu-jitsu (new hobby) or reading. It's all art, right?
When you are not immersed in the details and worrying about everything; that's when life happens. When you're outside of your comfort zone. When you don't know what's going to happen next but you look forward to it.
Frank Zappa (composer) said that "without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible" and it's the same sentiment.
The point that I'm making is that
trying new things = doing life = happiness
Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the drudgery, routine and expectations of everyday life but I love those moments when life just.....is and the worries and thoughts melt away.
Mostly though, this guy is good on a bike :) And the song makes it feel like summer even thought its been raining all day.