We live in a world filled with wonders. We’re especially lucky because we have the opportunity to deeply consider some of life’s mysteries and miracles. We can dwell on monumental concepts like the vastness of the universe or more intimate ideas on love and longing. Some of the best ideas to ponder force us to imagine our special place in the world and how meaningful that really is.
I’m Too Old
It’s something you hear all the time. People think they’re too old to enjoy something, to understand something, or to start a new endeavor. The truth is, you age regardless of whether you enjoy, understand, or start something. It’s never too late. You will only regret what you don’t do, not what you do later rather than sooner.
The Only Thing We Have to Fear
Fear is one of those emotions we all share. Whether it’s rational or irrational, fear can be a powerful force that either keeps us from trying something new, or keeps us stuck where we are. That’s why one of the best ideas to ponder is this—it’s not about being afraid or unafraid, it’s about accepting that you are afraid and feeling the fear, but still doing it anyway.
This Is So Embarrassing
We’ve all been there; in the moment, totally embarrassed at something we did, or said, or that our zipper is down. The truth is, it’s only embarrassing if you’re embarrassed. Likewise, you might still vividly remember an embarrassing moment from your childhood, but it’s very rare that other people will.
Think about it, can you really remember an embarrassing moment that happened to someone else? Probably not. This is one of the best ideas to ponder, an embarrassing moment is only embarrassing for you. Others most likely won’t remember it. So take it as a learning experience and just remember to check your zipper before you give a big speech.
It’s Not What You Say
People might forget what you’ve said to them, what conversations you may have had, they’ll even forget some of the things that you’ve done, but they’ll always remember the way you make them feel. That’s why this is one of the best ideas to ponder—how do you make people feel? Regardless of what you say, or what you hear, people most often remember (for lack of a better word) your vibe. Be genuine, be interested, be in the moment. You’ll leave a lasting impression. Think about some of your favorite people: are they your favorite because of the things you say to each other or because how you feel when you’re in each others company?
You Are the Universe
Carl Sagan said it best: we are all made of starstuff. Err, well, maybe Joni Mitchell sang it better. But the truth is still there. This is a great idea to ponder, because it relates not just the vastness of the cosmos, but also that we are related to every living thing on the planet. We are all made of elements formed in an exploding star billions of years ago. Mind. Blown.
Take the Time
There are so many distractions these days that it can be hard to think about the important things, or even to ruminate at all. Take a little time to deeply ponder the mysteries of life every day. You’ll thank yourself for it.