I’d Rather Be Here Now
My dad bought a bumper sticker years ago and put it on the door of our pop up camper. I always remember seeing it while camping in the white mountains (one of my favorite places in the world @camp.calumet). “I’d rather be here now.” Six months in, & I am feeling extremely lucky to be based in Manila. I’ve had a lot of time to focus on personal growth and better understand who I am and what I want out of life. I hear all the time, do what makes you happy, but the truth is happiness isn’t constant, and many times that thing that makes you happy can change. Being an expat has many advantages, like days like this picture where I am SO PRESENT and so happy to be in the here and now!
But of course there are struggles too. We’ve moved often in the last few years and with big changes comes the process of turning a strange land into a home, and strangers into friends. I’ve had great experiences this year but also times when I feel incredibly lonely, frustrated and confused.
Manila is one of those cities that people scrunch there noses at. It’s dirty, congested and the ugly overshadowed stepbrother when compared to the beautiful nature surrounding it- but every day I am finding new reasons to be happy to be here now.
So maybe instead of thinking about the future, or contuniusly pushing for tne next best thing we should take some time and work on being fully present. Take our situations and realize that we have a lot to be happy about here and now, look at every one of life’s blessings and be grateful for them in the moment- because if living in Manila has taught me one thing it is that anyone, in any situation, can be grateful for what they got!
Be here now, and be happy about it!
Bye Siargo and hello Manila!
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