Just the other day my cousin and me were discussing getting older. I said, I’ve become 50 this year. And he said, so make the next twenty years of your life the best yet! Which made me think, what makes any decade better than what came before? What makes me happy about a year or a decade?
So when I look into my memory, and I consider happiness, all kinds of moments come to the fore: family feasts, moments of expansive oh-wow views on holiday, beach walks, moments drinking coffee with my dad. The dharma. Some of these moments are holiday moments or moments of adventure, walking on mountain peaks or moments in beautiful places. But many are not.
Its also clear to me what moments do not immediately come to the fore: work, offices, achievements, time spent behind the computer. Even time spent on a forum apparently doesn’t register in any significant way as a deeply happy experience. Movies and tv don’t seem to register either.
If you were to try and make the next twenty years the best of your life, what would that look like to you?