WHERE IS PARADISE FOR YOU?
When thinking of paradise, many tend to lead towards tropical destinations surrounded by beaches, palm trees and breath-taking sunsets.
The kinds of places that you see in magazines that instantly leave you feeling relaxed. I mean, it does make sense… These destinations are often so picturesque that it would be hard not to fall in love.
Imagine laying in the sand, reading your favourite book with sunkissed skin and a cocktail in hand – It does sound pretty perfect!
Although, that’s not necessarily paradise for me…
In today’s society, we often think that being in paradise is an idyllic place that’s beauty is incomparable. As many like to say, a so-called ‘Shangri-La’. A place that’s surrounded by luxury that inflicts a feeling of perfection.
But what if paradise doesn’t have to be a physical place? What if we start to think of paradise as more of a feeling or emotion, rather than a destination?
Maybe being in the arms of someone you love, the feeling of being surrounded by nature or a simple moment in which you feel the most alive.
Instead of focussing on places to make you feel like you’re in paradise, let’s start to focus on memories and experiences that will do the same.
There have been a few memorable destinations that have left me feeling in awe; Kenya, Fiji and Iceland for example. But when you think about it, imagine if something terrible inflicted your thoughts whilst in these places… They would no longer be your paradise.
There have been times when I’ve been in breath-taking destinations; surrounded by beautiful sights that I’ve never before experienced. But even though these places may have been some of the most incredible in terms of physical beauty, my mind didn’t allow me to be in the present due to mental thoughts that overwhelmed my every move.
In a literal term, some of these places could have potentially been a paradise, but my negativity forced them to be something much the opposite.
It all starts with our mind. Allowing ourselves to be totally present in the moment, listening to our emotions and taking in our surroundings to the purest of forms.
There are a few things this create an idyllic feeling for me; being loved by those around me, the freedom of being immersed in nature or welcomed by the kindness of animals and wildlife. It doesn’t matter where I am, but rather the experiences that I have.
It’s pretty clear that if your mental health doesn’t come first, the most magical moments will be nothing more than a discouraged memory.
You don’t have to travel to a far away place to feel like you’re in ‘heaven’. It simply starts with surrounding yourself with the things that you truly love, getting rid of the toxicity and living your best life.
Realising that your life is a magical gift and allowing yourself to live every instance to the best of your ability is where your happiness sincerely lies. Start fresh, figure out exactly what you want in life and live it to its highest potential.
Instead of relying on a holiday to make you feel like you’re in paradise, why not aim to live your whole life in one instead?
So tell me… Where is paradise for you?
I hope that one day you can answer this by stating that your slice of paradise is not only a slice… But rather the whole cake.
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