“Life is a collection of moments. The idea is to have as many good ones as you can.”
Sometimes those moments are big—getting onto a plane by yourself and spending four months in a country you had never stepped foot in before, or falling in love. Walking across a stage to receive a diploma after four years of immense hard work, or changing your lifestyle.
And sometimes they’re small. Cooking breakfast for your friends when they all happen to be in the same place at the same time. Reminiscing with past roommates about old antics and adventures. Planning the many bits and pieces of a vacation. Making pancakes when you’re home alone and snowed in. Running through the snow with a dog who is nearly nine years old but still just as much of a puppy as he was the day you met him. Feeling crisp air pierce your skin on a winter evening. Waking up to an unexpected phone call from a friend you haven’t heard from in a while. Watching rabbits sit side by side and munch on juicy red peppers and crunchy lettuce with their tiny mouths. Hearing a song you love on the radio. Seeing your favorite constellation and knowing things will turn out okay.
These good moments—both the big ones and the small ones—are a necessity. They propel us forward, keep us moving, encourage us to go on. They give us memories that turn into stories that turn into even more moments. And, amidst bustling schedules and looming deadlines, they make life a little sweeter. The good moments keep your feet on the ground.
The universe doesn’t always deal great hands. Sometimes they’re only mediocre. Sometimes they downright suck. Having these moments is important though, because they’re a part of your history, your present, your future—even the not-so-good ones. You can turn anything into something better if you find a silver lining.
Use the good moments you already have to create more good moments. Every day should have at least one, even if you have to look a little harder on some days. Laugh over something truly silly. Treat a stranger to coffee. Make your favorite meal or try a recipe you’ve been holding on to. Challenge yourself to a puzzle. Walk outside and take in every bit of your surroundings. Reach out to someone you’ve haven’t seen in a while.
And when you have a bad day, a bad week, a bad month… Remember that it is part of life. It will pass, and before you know it, you’ll have another good moment to add to your collection.
All you ever need is one card, one moment, to turn things around.