The Little Things

Thomas - Lorain, Ohio
Entered on October 16, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: carpe diem
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The Little Things

What makes you happy? Do we really know what makes us happy? We go through living life everyday hopefully doing something that we enjoy. For many of us though, life is a grind, a daily struggle that you don’t look forward to and is no fun. For one reason or another, life can be tough, hard, and sometimes just miserable. This is why we should spend more of our time concentrating on the smaller things in life that bring us happiness.

I learned something this summer as I was looking back on my life wondering where the time went. I remember the days of little league baseball and the fun I had. Thinking about all of the exciting memories I experienced I decided to go to some little league baseball games just for enjoyment. It made me think about the little things in life. These kids weren’t worrying about anything; they were just playing the game. There I was, just watching a baseball game, and a pretty bad one I might add. That didn’t matter though, I had a great time just watching the kids get a hit or seeing a pitcher’s face after a strikeout. Those were some of the smallest things, but I enjoyed it. I don’t remember the score or even who won, but what I do remember is the looks on the faces of the kids who got a hit or the dad that got excited when his kid made a catch.

When I left there that day, I had a smile on my face and I wasn’t even sure why. I have seen thousands of baseball games with some of the best players in the world, but none of the players had this amount of love for the game. Seeing a little league game, watching the clear blue water in the ocean, the rainbow in the sky; these small and simple things make me happy. What makes you happy? I have learned that we aren’t going to win a million dollars, get a raise, graduate, or have a birthday every day. Therefore, we need to find something else that makes us happy 360 days of the year. Take a second and find out the little things that make you happy because those are the things that are going to make life worth living. Go see a little league game, watch a sunset, do something that makes you happy. We only have one life to live, so find the little things that make you happy and live your life to its fullest.