Happiness is…



My Christmas / New Year / Birthday break is now totally over and am back in Sydney totally refreshed and yet longing for the beach.

Not only have I taken home to Sydney the great memories with friends and family, smooth beach scrubbed sun kissed skin and many gifts – I have beautiful Christmas and birthday cards from my loved one.

The words on one stuck to me ever since.

My close friend, A, from high school and I have a tradition to give each other letters rather than cards on special occasions because we have so much to say to each other.

On my birthday letter this year, she wrote this to me. doesn’t matter if we deviate from ‘the plan’ because right now, at this very moment in your life you are happy.

She is right.

Throughout 2013 or ever since that I can remember, I went through ups and downs just like everyone else.  I wanted more things, I wanted more money, I wanted the best for my family and friends and I continue to look for the ‘better life’.

but STOP.


Take in what we have right now.

For me, my family are all healthy and getting along filled with hope, I have a job, my best friend is my boyfriend, an amazing Europe trip not too far in the future and I feel content.

I enjoyed the sea breeze and the cold splash of water at the Burleigh Beach and I savored every food that mom cooked.  Right now, I enjoy the gentle fragrance of Gascoigne & King 06. Paddington candle that Count gave me for Christmas. I am a bit peckish but I know that my pantry and my fridge is full of food.

At the start of the year, I cannot go to bed at the end of the day without hearing the phrase “new years resolution”.  People aspire and strive for a better, bigger (or slimmer) and richer self.

It is healthy to challenge yourself rather than getting stagnant but as my friend said, at this very moment in life I can honestly say that I am happy.  It is something that I think should be taken a moment to appreciate.

Hope you feel happy about now and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Cheers to letting go,
Signature of Yukari Iwasaki, blogger of Inner Child Playground

Yukari Iwasaki

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This entry was published on January 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm. It’s filed under Drawing and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Happiness is…

  1. Charles Wilson on said:

    I really like this post! It’s quite moving! Xx

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Pingback: Don’t drain your heart out | innerchildplayground

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