Happiness is Practiced, Not Pursued.

Tranquility is not a place on a map,

Not a thing you can only achieve with a trendy new app,

or a 6 month deal, half off on the media

that you read, hear, or watch to establish mindful criteria.

I’m writing this as a PSA to myself,

so for you, my way might not be the best way,

But I prefer to close my eyes at any time or breathe deeply

instead of pointing at my calendar, looking forward to my ‘best day.’

Destination addiction is the baseline of the rat race,

the ‘pursuit of happiness’ is a road to nowhere but an exhausted, sad place.

Happiness is a state of mind. You can’t search for, dig up, and literally ‘find peace,’

rather, find some time to unwind,

just a few seconds to reset your second-guessings,

Devote some time to breathe, and watch your fears melt, anxieties evaporate, wash away your stresses.

The outer battle goes on, and even if you didn’t ‘get it all done,’

when peace of mind is the mentality you practice,

No matter the battle, the war is already won. – RSM

gimme a skyline and some water

‘Isn’t that all we need, some tall steel monuments with human honeycombs inside and a nice lil polluted patch/ocean of non-potable water?’

‘Yes,’ I answer myself, ‘but only if there’s a half-decent transit system, and the basketball team has to suck.’

‘DEAL!!’ I exclaimed, out loud. Everyone else in line at Staples looked very confused.

I put a lot more thought into so many more similarities before that next era in our lives, of the cities that I decided would be the past and future, of me.

But at the end of the day, all I need is a skyline and some water. That’s what makes me happy, location wise most def.

After doing extensive research on the world*, it looks like most fellow humans of mine would agree. Nature, nurture, whatever it may be, cities are the place to be in the 21st century, people want all the urban, without the decay, and rural farms and towns are seen as out of date.

You may not relate, and if you’re not alone, but name a city that’s landlocked, no river, pond, ocean, bay, no lake to blame bad weather on, and for each one I’ll show you a hundred more that are. Or like, seven. Whatever. I’m sure you get it by now.

Just gimme a skyline and some water, and a black coffee to go. No sugar.-RSM

*Haven’t been to Antarctica yet.