A happy place. Do we all have one? I think sometimes it’s hard to find. It’s a place where you can feel content, relaxed and happy with yourself, all by yourself and without any kind of entertainment. It’s a place where you can just be.
When I began writing There Is This Place I wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing. I spent some time searching for a storyline; a character to tell the story, but nothing I came up with seem to be working. At that point I simplified it. I wrote one sentence; “This place is simple, this place is special, and this place is magical.” The rest of the book flowed from my fingers after that. I then took a trip back through old sketchbooks and realized that this sentence had pretty much been in those sketchbooks from day one of my university journey. I had expressed it in many different ways and in many different mediums but in no way as simple and as plainly as I had just done through the keys on my keyboard.
What is “this place” the book refers to? The “place” I had been drawing, painting and writing about for 5 years? Is it really a physical space at all or is it a place in your heart, in your soul?
I think “this place” is different for everyone, but the one thing that everyone’s happy places have in common is that it stems from the innocents of our childhoods. The times when our hearts and minds were free of all worry and so freely in love with everything we encountered. The times before the world hardened us and we began to run, breezing by the little things we used to be in love with.
Why do we run everyday of our lives? Why do we forget to slow down and take in the splendor all around us? Why are those small things small at all? They are not small for children … and children are happy.
Perhaps “this place” is childhood. Perhaps a physical space can help us go back to those days, because possibly that physical space remained the same as we grew up. Even though you changed and grew, and people around you came and went, the space stayed the same. For me that place is “The Lake” but pieces of the lake translate into every other place I have been.
So my conclusion is this: “This place” is a feeling. It’s a mindset. It’s remembering to slow down and properly look around. Get out of your mind that is full of worry and irritation and let your heart fill itself again with simple beauty. You will be surprised to find that when you love freely, show compassion to God’s simplest creatures, nourish your heart and soul with kindness, you can find a “happy place” in any place.