For the past few months, I’ve been feeling quite unsettled. Neither exactly down nor completely cheerful. I’m stuck somewhere in between, and I’m guessing it’s because of the uncertainty about the future. The past month has been quite like a roller-coaster ride, and though now I’m quite clear of what I want to do next, I’ve also reminded myself that being in the present is important too. The days should not just be slipping by; I should be making the most of them, taking into notice how much I’ve done in the time I have been given here. And since I’ve noticed this unsettlement among other people around me too, I thought to share a list I made some months ago. Though I’ve not looked at the list any more than a couple of times since I wrote it, I found it’s still as much useful and motivating as it had been back then. So here are a bunch of reasons to get up in the morning (with new additions):
- New opportunities: Each new day brings with itself new opportunities. Even though you may have planned out your entire day beforehand, you might come across an opportunity you wouldn’t have thought of. And it can come in any form: an idea, a person, a solution. You just have to look.
- Ability to start all over again: Perhaps the best thing about every new day is that you can start afresh. The last twenty four hours may not have been productive and may have been wasted, but the coming twenty four hours in front of you are all yours, and they provide you a clean slate to start with. If you haven’t started that story yet, you might do it today. If you left something incomplete, you can finish it. The fact that you can do so much with the time you have is in itself very motivating.
- You’re alive: Every day before getting out of bed, I thank the universe that I had a good night’s sleep, that I was in good health, that I had a new day ahead of me, and most importantly, that I was still alive. I’ve realized that we tend to take things for granted, and how much being grateful can change our lives. So I make it a point to be grateful for this life, because being alive and able is always better than those who left this world in their dreams. If you’re there to see the light of the morning, you should be grateful and make use of this life that you have.
- The weather: Each day is different. Regardless of the season, you never quite know what the day has to offer. It might be sunny, it might rain, it might snow, it might be windy or cloudy. The sky will be a different color throughout the day, and even the clouds would be unique: a pattern they have never been, a pattern they will never be. You might be surprised by what you see. The planet is slowly dying, so do your part in saving it, and enjoy its beauty while it’s still there. It might be gone too soon.
- Countless possibilities: Each day is a surprise. You never know what’s in store for you. You might run into a childhood friend or find a unique feather on the sidewalk or find a letter in your mailbox. You might get the call you’ve been waiting for, or the dress that you’ve been wanting to buy might be on discount today. There are infinite possibilities. Anything could happen. Bring that child in you back and step out into the day with enthusiasm and curiosity.
I’d also written food and books in my list, but then we all have our own interests and hobbies, and you might not necessarily like what I do. You may love gardening, or singing, or listening to the radio, or spending time with your pets/loved ones. It all depends on the kind of person you are. Take five minutes out of your day and make a similar list for yourself and put it up where you might see it every day so that you are reminded what drives you and soon enough, you’ll be excited to get out of bed and start the day ahead of you.
“The morning was full of sunlight and hope.”
― Kate Chopin,