What the Sun can teach us about how to live life
So, the other day I was thinking, am I living my life the way I want. Because sometimes it feels like I am just drifting through life.
This got me thinking, why am I living like this? Like, I’m going to live forever. This is my life? If I continue living like this, I’ll wake up after 10 years feeling I wish I had lived my life differently.
I said, I must do something. Enough of waiting. Waiting for something to happen, waiting for someone to come and help me. Waiting for when I feel like I am good enough. Or, when I have more time or more money.
I felt a deep longing to get my act together so that I could be the best version of myself no matter what situation I am in. And, I really wished I had some role model. So the search began to find someone that I can look at and feel inspired.
Then one day, on a lovely sunny winter morning, while I was just soaking up the sun and looking at the birds and the trees, I started thinking about the sun. How it just keeps shining so brightly and spreads happiness wherever it goes. Instantly, I decided that I wanted to think more deeply about the sun and see if I can get any life lessons that I could use in my daily life.
Here’s what I learnt
Keep moving forward
Look at the sun, it never stops. It keeps moving. It doesn’t stop because there is some drama going on, on the earth. It doesn’t think “Oh there is so much pain and misery, I must stop so that people can have more time to cope up”
If we have to live like the sun, we can’t sit and worry about our problems. Whether its the career, health or relationships we must do what we can. Its no use feeling sad or bitter. Our attitude should be such that we can take anything that life throws at us and make the most of it. Only then it will be easy to keep moving forward.
Feel good about yourself
Have you ever observed who you are when you are happy, when you feel really good about yourself? And have you seen how you behave when you feel really bad about yourself?
But if you look at the sun, do you ever feel like its going through a rough time? Like its feeling bad about itself? No, right? It shines brightly like it does everyday. No matter what season it is, it brings us light and warmth and keeps us nice and comfy. I feel we should live our lives this way and always offer our best to the world. But this is not possible if we keeping feeling bad about ourselves.
So, always feel good about yourself. Because when you feel good, it makes you the best version of yourself and it results in a day well spent.
You are unique
So often we feel like we are so ordinary, that we have nothing to offer. We think we can never become like that person. We feel we are not good enough and will never get what we want.
But, we should never feel this way. Because each one of us is unique just like the Sun. There is nobody who is exactly like you. There was no one like you before you were born and there will be no one in the future.
So, feel special and share your uniqueness, whatever it may be. Your talents are your gifts to this world. Express your talents in your own way. Do not waste any time thinking that others are better than you. There is no question of comparing yourself with others. Each one of us is unique in our own way.
You are beautiful the way you are. Be your best and let nothing stop you from doing what you want.
Don’t worry about the results
We don’t have a beautiful clear sky every day, do we? And when its cloudy, do you think the sun gets upset because its going to affect its productivity? No, right?
Similarly, we cant focus on work for 8 hours everyday. Sometimes we have other things that need our attention. We are humans, we have life, we have personal work, we need rest. These are like clouds, and they affect our productivity but these things make our lives beautiful. So we shouldn’t get too upset about it, if somedays are not as productive.
So, be like the sun, don’t worry about the results or how much you were able to accomplish on a given day. It keeps changing don’t be so hard on yourself.
Stop when its time to stop
Look at the sun, when its time to go, its time to go. No work after 6:00pm.
We are the generation that is obsessed about the results and the outcomes. I wonder if we should be so obsessed about the end result. We know for sure that it makes us miserable and stressed out. So why do it?
We burden ourselves daily with a set of tasks and we work from morning till night trying to do it all. Most of us, no doubt, fail miserably and go to bed feeling awful.
If we are not able to finish everything that’s ok. We can work on it tomorrow. We are not machines. We have the choice to stop. Could be 5:00pm or 6:00 pm, you decide when you are going to stop. Work is just what we do for a living, its not a punishment.
So, be like the sun, stop when its time to stop.
Be at ease. Move slowly
Be at ease, always. Just like the sun. See how slowly the sun moves. We hardly see it moving.
On the other hand, we the people, sometimes we don’t even know where we are going or why we are going, but we tell ourselves to better hurry up because the time is going so fast.
What are the benefits of being in a hurry? Is it fun? No, but it does raise our blood pressure sometimes.
So be at ease, walk slowly, eat slowly, talk slowly, you get it right? So, whatever you do, do it without any effort, with ease, slowly and gracefully.
Grow old gracefully
Have you ever seen, how beautiful the sky looks, when the sun sets? Can you compare that beauty to anything else?
Similarly, as we grow older, our life should become more vibrant and more colorful. So as you are growing older, remember to grow old gracefully.
That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new.