Today’s guest post is by the brilliant Stuart Mills who writes at Unlock the Door. I used a video for the intro because the concept, the creativity, the music and the traveling, got me excited about life.
Ever get really excited about something?
I hope you have. The feeling of excitement is an important part of being human. It means we get to generate feelings of joy and happiness and adrenaline. That pumped up sensation courses through our veins, and we truly believe that we can take on the world. We feel that whatever it is that we’re doing, is the very reason why we were born.
What gets us excited? It could be anything in the world. For some, it may be complex things such as tackling a major project at work, or getting ready to live abroad. For others, it may be simple things like spending a romantic meal with your loved one, or reading a good book. No matter what it actually is, the key is that you get excited about it. Everybody gets excited about something, right?
In theory, “yes”, everybody does get excited about ‘something’, but look at the people around the streets and the towns, and you’ll see that this theory hasn’t quite worked out in practice. There are many miserable faces. There are many dejected souls. These people haven’t found excitement, and it’s sad to watch whole lives drift by like this. Changes need to be made.
There Are No Spare Parts
If you asked 100 people what their ‘life-purpose’ was, the majority of them wouldn’t even know what you were talking about. If pushed, they’d probably respond with vague answers involving raising their kids or getting a better job, or even washing the car more often. If you asked me what I believe a ‘life-purpose’ is, I’d respond very differently.
Here’s what I think about life-purposes – everybody has a reason to be here on this planet. There are no spare people who can’t do anything other than drift around and live unfulfilling lives. If you’re living and breathing, then you have a specific reason to be here right now. Whether that reason is a grand one involving building great structures, or a simpler one such as helping your local community to grow, we all have a reason to live for. And do you want to know the useful part? Whatever your reason is, you’re going to get excited about it.
Embrace The Excitement
The biggest trouble people have with excitement is that they struggle to embrace it. The excitement is already there – it always has been and it always will be. But some people have a tendency to deny their excitement, and bury it under other obligations such as their chores, their bills to pay, and their time spent trying to please the boss. With all the stresses and strains of the world dominating our time and our thoughts, it’s no wonder that some people have forgotten to discover what actually works best for them.
And this is a shame, because everyone has a right to be happy. It’s a natural birth-right of each human being. So why bury it? Why deny what it is that makes you happy and pumps your adrenaline through the roof? If you embrace the very things that get you excited, do you know what will happen? You’ll feel an immense amount of joy, you’ll somehow ‘forget’ all of the world’s problems, and best of all, you’ll feel like you are truly living.
This is the effect that excitement has on you. Embrace the very activities or objects that excite you and life won’t look the same as before.
Life Doesn’t Have To Be Grand
There’s a confusing aspect about excitement which I want to clear up here. The aspect is that if what you’re getting about excited about isn’t life-changing or meaningful in some grand and heroic way, then it isn’t worth getting excited about.
This is false.
The feeling of excitement builds up inside us when our bodies produce endorphins, giving us the feeling of control and well-being whilst still retaining the stimulation needed to truly enjoy the task. This bodily reaction can take place when we get excited about anything, whether it’s something big and grand or something small and simple. I’ve had occasions when I’ve been excited about going for a walk in the park! Now that’s not grand at all, yet it still got me excited as I felt happiness and joy in the moments leading up to the walk, and the walk itself.
Excitement can come from anything, no matter the size or scope. So why restrict yourself to only seeking excitement from major tasks? Embrace the beauty of life in its simplicity, and gain a better appreciation for the simpler things in life. Everything has its value.
I Want You To Get Excited
I want you to take a moment to reflect on your life right now. Reflect on the times when you’ve been happy and excited. Think of those times where you could feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins, and remember what it was that actually got you into this state. It’s those things that get you excited, so keep them in mind.
Now with those thoughts, think of things you can do that will generate the excitement again. Knowing what it is that gets you excited, you can build on it and realise more moments in life that raise your happiness levels. It could be something as simple as going for more walks during the week, or it could be something much larger such as finally getting around to starting your own business. Whatever it is, if you can imagine it raising your excitement levels, get ready to do it, because it’s going to change your life.
Get excited. Get happy.
Stuart is a personal development blogger who wants to help you improve at life. He thinks you’re awesome. You can often find him at Unlock The Door, where he writes constantly to make it a better day for everyone, and you can subscribe to his content here.