Life Goes On

Words by Christoffer Kaltenbrunner

Sometimes unexpected things happen in life.

Things that make us feel helpless.
Things that make us anxious about the future.
Things that make us question what is truly important.

In fact, life rarely turns out the way we want it to. But facing challenges is an opportunity to learn and grow.

When life gets tough, I always ask myself what I have control over. Most of the time, I can't control what is happening around me, but I can control how I react to it. Asking this question reminds me that I'm responsible for my own life. There is no one to blame—nothing to hide behind.

And so I smile at the bus driver early in the morning. At the end of the day, we all want to feel loved and contribute to something meaningful.

When facing tough times, it may seem like life will always be this way. Eventually, there will come a time after this, even though it seems far away.

For me, going through tough times gets more manageable if I focus on my essentials. Minimalism is a tool to help me focus on what is truly important in my life.

I use to think that minimalism is like a compass. It tells me in what direction to go, but not where to end. There are different ways to take to reach the destination. It's even possible to change during the journey. But whatever track I take, I know everything will be fine. Minimalism helps me navigate my life through ups and downs.

It gets me going, one small step at a time. If you're having a difficult time in your life, my friend, I want you to remember one thing.

Life goes on.

It always has, and it always will. That's the way of life.

We better enjoy the journey.

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