Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” — Carl Sagan, astronomer
The most exciting thing about life isn’t what happens — it’s what could happen.
There’s an old adage advocating a conservative approach to life that says, “A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” And while that may be true when it’s time to eat, the rest of the time there is nothing more invigorating than the possibility that you might kill two birds hiding in the bush, and nothing more disappointing than settling for one.
It’s no different when it comes to discovery, whether we’re talking about discovering something new outside of yourself or discovering something about yourself. When you discover it, it’s thrilling. When you use it to your benefit, it’s satisfying. But the most exciting thing about making a discovery is the way it makes you feel like the next discovery, possibly even a bigger one, is right around the corner.
The thing you discover today could change your life in some fundamental way. And that’s great.
But understand that happiness doesn’t come from something great happening to you. Happiness comes from the increased probability that something great will happen to you.
That’s why romance is sweeter than marriage, and that’s why the first bite of food tastes better than the last bite that leaves your belly full.
So stop wishing for the day when you’ll have all the answers, because if you’re working to figure it out, then the magic is happening right now.