The busy streets. The loud cars. The movement and noise. You walk through the door and find a seat near the window. You've made it, to your oasis away from the hustle and bustle. The smells of rich, awakening coffee and freshly baked bread drift your way. Sounds of soft jazz and quiet conversation filled the air. You open up to the next chapter of your journal and start writing.
Every day we wait and wait for something marvelous to happen to us when what we really should be doing is creating something marvelous. We have all this time to run around without seeing what's right in front of us, people in need. We have all this time to boss people around and get upset and forget important details about those we love, but when someone needs us we're too busy. When will we realize that what we should be making time for is each other and our dreams. Those things don't last forever.
Our hearts only beat for so long, so why not get them to beat to a song of love + joy + creativity? I want to make people laugh and inspire others to be the best versions of themselves that they can be. I don't want to wonder every night what my day would have been like if I had been a little nicer or tried something new. I want to live in the moment and relish every opportunity to uplift someone. I want to make others feel like they matter. I want to know that I'm alive and what I do matters.
The cars and the noise and the expectations that people have aren't important. The rush and the stress and the deadlines won't get us anywhere. A slow growth and an authentic love for others are what lays the foundation for a legacy. The example I want to set, the stories I want to be left behind are ones of love + inspiration + a sort of quietness. I want to live a quiet life of love, over a loud life of selfish expectation.
You look up and glance out the window. The cars rush by and you are brought back to this fast, loud reality. The slow quiet that you let seep into your heart for a few minutes has all but disappeared with those last sips of coffee. Breathe in, breathe out. Gathering your things, you head for the door, smiling at the passersby on your way out.
If I want to make a difference, if I want to grow from the quiet, I need to start now. I need to show others that I care + I need to start saying yes + I need to chase after my dreams. The world is so much more than agendas and deadlines and frustration and noise.