You know what? Today I am going to keep it short. This morning I posted my Day 231 on social media. It really was a pure moment in which my heart was overflowing with joy, contentment and happiness.

I posted this:

All I need is these simple kind of Saturday mornings. Wake up, go running, do yoga, have breakfast, drink tea with lemon and ginger, start a new book, watching the thunderstorm pass by from the veranda, listening to the birds singing to me. It’s those moments when you feel “all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (That’s a few my own words and a bit from Paulo Coelho.)

And I fully stand by that post. Because it’s what really happened in that moment. But that wasn’t my whole day. Afterwards, I had to scrub the pan that made that awesome bowl of oatmeal. I missed out on a Skype call with a good friend because I was offline for a couple hours preparing for next week. After that, I came back home and cleaned my little house. I sat in the sun with my book, but couldn’t get myself to turn the page. But then I got this beautiful, ripe avocado which made for a perfect dinner.

I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.

So here I am. Writing about the present. Super tired and wanting to go to sleep, but outside load music is playing. I am sort of feeling this pressure to be social, be out and make more and more new friends. But you know what. I don’t want that at all. All I want are those quiet Saturday mornings with my tea and my breakfast. My books and my yoga mat.

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.

I think this whole blogging experience has taught me a lot about myself. One of those things is definitely that I am an introvert. I love being out with friends, hosting dinner parties, being part of a community. But it needs to be balanced. I desperately need to be alone too sometimes. There are phases for friendships and communion as much as there should be times for solitude.

You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.

And yes, after I have written long blogs this week. Today is simply short. Because I have also learned to be more kind to myself. Not always strive for perfection, but let life happen as it is. Because I found out that those are often the sweetest moments. The moments in which love really slips through the cracks of our brokenness.

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.


All quotes are from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.