Mental Health minimalism vanlife

Happiness is a state of mind

May 23, 2019

As much as Instagram might want to prove otherwise, Vanlife isn’t all syrupy sunsets and myth-filled forests of giants. We spent yesterday day & night in this camping superstore car park near Magenta, Italy surrounded by other vans, facing a noisy, traffic-filled roundabout. It made me think on the phrase: happiness is a state of mind. It doesn’t really matter where you are or who you’re with, if you’re not happy in yourself then you’re going to find things to complain about, things that make you angry & argumentative, or you’ll want to start needling snide judgements around. We’ve all done it. But if you’re content in your own skin, and are able to spend quality time with yourself in any situation, then nothing & nobody is going to break that for you; and then the realisation – you’re simply too busy having an amazing life to ruin precious moments with negative thinking. I sit with the doors open watching these poppies thrive on this rough-arse patch of scrubland and can’t stop thinking how utterly wonderful they are, how, no matter what their surroundings, they remain bright and beautiful giving every last molecule of their life over to the coming day with no complaints or expectations. They’ll do the same tomorrow, and the next day; completely relentless in the pursuit of just being. Literally these poppies are my #lifegoals

📷 @andyrgarside ♥️

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