My advice to all those who are going to find themseves is: stay exactly where you are. Otherwise you are in great danger of losing yourself forever.
- Hans Thomas, The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
Wherever you are right now, BE in it. If it is in a good, happy place - express gratitude. If it is in an uncomfortable and unpleasant place - remember, it is darkest where light and shadow converge. You have a choice - you can choose to go towards the light or retreat to the shadows. It's the discomforts of life that stretch us, that make us ask questions, and move us into action- and essentially make us better, and more beautiful.
Extraordinary living is not about escaping the present. Finding joie de vivre is not about quitting your job and flying off to exotic places. It is about being fully engaged in the present, while creating and pursuing dreams. It is about blooming where you are planted. The extraordinary life is not out there somewhere. It is in you.