What Moments Would You Add to Your Life’s Painting?

If a painter wanted to paint your life, what moments would you choose to add to the canvas?

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“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

— Cesare Pavese

We are human, and therefore it’s normal to have desires. These desires could be in the form of objects or life goals. But no matter the size or shape of the passion, the desire leads to fulfilling a purpose.

The purpose could be feeling a sense of joy or inner peace — a sense of self-worth or momentary happiness.

We tread through life by achieving our countless desires. We keep working hard to get where we want to be. But what we don’t realise is that in fulfilling these desires, there are smaller images that paint the picture of our lives.

For example, you wish to buy a shoe. You may or may not know what type of shoe you want, but anyway, you walk into a store or shop online. Once the shoe arrives, you plan an outfit to go along with it and an occasion for both. You take along a couple of friends or go alone. Some people notice your shoe, or some notice you. This led to new conversations and networking with new people. The networking may not result in new opportunities, but the least you could gain experiences once you’re home. And to think of it, it just started with a desire for a shoe.

What Is Your Story?

Take a moment and see where you are at this very moment. Maybe right now you’re reading this, and later you will get back to your daily chores. In between, you may read something or catch up with a friend or look up to the sky and feel grateful for your life. Everything results from an action that you take that makes up the picture of your life.

So often, we focus on our primary goal. But in the process, we miss out on these little moments of life. We don’t stop and join the dots. We don’t give credit to our mental images. But these images were what led to new experiences in the first place. We visualise and hope that we get to live our thoughts. We set a routine for ourselves, and days go by.

Stop and think, if one had to paint an image of your whole life, what moments must be there on the canvas? What are the moments you wish to create? When one looks at your painting, what should be their takeaways? What should be the story of your life?

Make Your ‘Moments’ Bucket List

Life is complicated, and most importantly, we never know what’s next. This is precisely what makes it exciting — the unknown. But what we do have in our control is the moments we wish to live.

Is it to travel and take a picture that’s worth a thousand words? Is it one memorable conversation with a stranger at a roadside café? Is it watching a movie and crying your heart out? Is it hugging your best mates after a long time and enjoying a hearty meal?

What do you want your canvas to look like?

When looking from the outside in, you already have moments. You may have selected your top five already. But if there is a chance that you still have some moments you wish to add on? What are they?

If you have your phone next to you, pick it out and list all the moments (not goals) that you wish to have. Visualise yourself in a comfortable space, and the images will come. What will bring a smile to your face?

These moments include people, places, or objects. Are they achievable, or do you have to work towards it?

Make a list. This list is yours alone so that no one can judge it. But when you do this, notice how it makes you feel. There is no pressure, as these are your moments. You can make moments happen, or they will happen to you when the time is right.

But now that you have a mental image, you could work towards it. You may have no clue how, but as they say, if you can see it, you can do it.

I often focus only on my life goals. But, I forget about the moments that I genuinely wish to live. I wonder what’s the point of achieving goals if, during the process, I don’t enjoy life’s precious moments. If I don’t take the time out to enjoy simple things in life?

Because if one day a painter asks me, what do you want your painting to look like, I must have enough material to hand over. This could be images or stories; the choice is mine. Because after all, I listened to my heart and wrote a list of my moments. It was a bit different from my goals, but it was worth it.

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𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 & 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴.

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