We’ve been masters at taking things for granted; our family, friends, health, the car parked outside or even the roof above our heads. The mundanity of life never ceases to steal the novelty of anything we once deemed as the most valuable and most cherished of things. We all heard about love sparked beginnings that deteriorated over time or that sibling with whom we lost touch and never tried to rebuild the bridge again.
When we look at the dictionary, we see novelty being defined as “the quality of being new or uncommon” and mundanity as “the quality of being ordinary, unimaginative or common.” So to help understand why we become masters at taking things for granted, we have to accept the fact that we are preventing our eyes from seeing the uncommon in the ordinary things around us. We are stopping our mind from imagining the endless possibilities in the universe and fixate it with the very exact reality of its limited surroundings.
Steve Jobs once said,
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked.
What if today was your last? Would you still be mad at your sibling for wronging you? Or would you still shy away from apologizing to a friend whom you hurt? Would you still enjoy that smile on your beloved’s face and see it as though it’s your first time? This isn’t an attempt to depress you, but rather ignite your senses to appreciate the novelty that’s hidden in the very mundanity of life so that you don’t lay on your deathbed being regretful.