Living in New York City, one has to become accustomed to a fast-paced lifestyle. People are always on the move, working their way up the career totem pole, or keeping up with the latest trend. This type of life is becoming the way most people live in our society, as our phones ping with seven different notifications and today’s news becomes old almost instantaneously. Among all the fast-paced frenzy, keeping up can become overwhelming and we begin to accept being stressed as our natural state. We forget that there is more to life than careers, money, and the perpetual forward motion we have become accustomed to. We forget to ask ourselves what the purpose of it all is, and instead of taking time to figure it out, we get caught up in the chaos. We forget to smell the roses.


The sentiment that life is short is one we have all heard before and are probably tired of, because most of us do not want to be reminded of it or face that reality. In facing it, however, we find that the question of what are we really here for, surfaces to the forefront of our minds. We find that although having a stable career and source of income is important, it is the little things that can help us find enjoyment and answers to life’s bigger questions.


Find pleasure in conversation with friends and family, meet new people, and explore the world around you. If you do, you might find that the big picture problems we are ever consumed with fall into place on their own. It is in enjoying the small things in life that give us meaning and lets us relax. Laughing, listening to music, or enjoying a beer with friends are ways that we find happiness and who were are meant to be.


Tell me how you find ways to stop and smell the roses in the comments below or tweet at me @whatsthesich