Our perception of excitement has everything to do with adrenaline.
It’s that wonderful rush we feel.
It’s that red, hot blood surging through our veins making us feel like we can reach out and touch the sky or lift off in flight.
It’s an exquisite feeling…but it can also be chaotic. And personally, that’s what I love about it – the beauty intermingled with chaos. But that’s just me.
It’s easy to give in to the total abandonment of all reason that tends to accompany many an exciting moment and I’m sure we’ve all experienced this at some point.
Lately, I’ve been thinking more of excitement in relation to my life, my simple, quiet life. How on earth do I find a sense of excitement in quiet?
I know it sounds like a contradiction because we have been thoroughly conditioned to think of excitement as being synonymous with relentless activity, flashy lights and a fast paced life. Like you, I’m not immune to this conditioning. I often look at my life and think, “nothing exciting is happening! My life is so boring!” which is interesting for me because by nature, I’m quiet and introverted and I don’t need a lot of stimulation. I easily get excited by the simplest of things…like a warm, sunny day or a stranger smiling at me. And yet, I still find myself complaining about how there is nothing exciting happening in my life.
So now I’m on a mission.
I’m trying to find and understand the relationship between excitement and simplicity; excitement and quietness. My thoughts are still forming but I just wanted to share with you that there comes a point in life when survival and living fully depends on breaking free from the world’s conditioning of what excitement is or should be. In reality, some of the things that we get excited about are ephemeral – purely based on feelings and emotions that are here today and gone tomorrow. I’ll let you figure that one out for yourselves.
The bottom line for me is that my perception of the quietness that seems to pervade my life is as a result of the plenty of waiting I have had to do over the years. Nothing big ever happens immediately. I’ve had to put in the hard work and then step back and wait. Of course I don’t do this perfectly but my life calls me to this time and time again that I am forced to learn how to do it right.
Right now, I’m waiting for love.
I know it’s hard to imagine that something big is happening in the quiet moments of our lives – waking up, showering, eating, going to work, coming back home and going to bed – this is as mundane as it gets but yet this is what collects to form an entire lifetime.
Big things are not happening every day. Most of our life is made up of quiet moments with occasional big moments here and there. And this is why it becomes crucial that we make our peace with quietness and see the excitement in it…because it’s there. I kid you not, it’s there.
Obviously, the first thing we need to do if you want to find the excitement in quiet is to re-negotiate our definition of excitement and even more importantly, where excitement comes from.
We need to be seeking a more lasting excitement; the fulfilling kind – the kind that gives you a rush right to your very soul. This involves having a particular type of mindset and attitude towards the whole of life.
Finding excitement in quiet is about seeing the value in everything that makes up and encompasses your world. It’s really being in the moment of your life and not thinking that your life will begin sometime in the future when you have achieved A, B and C. I’ll say it again (because I cannot over-emphasise its importance), finding excitement in quiet is about seeing the value in the everyday happenings of your life.
I’ll leave you with this beautiful quote from Jennifer, a fellow blogger:
“Things are happening in the quiet.
Growing is happening.
Changes are happening. Even if we do not see them.”