Some people have one significant happy place that is their thinking spot. It’s their time to reflect on the past and envision the future. Being in that specific spot, whether in solitude or with a companion, gives you a sense of belonging.
My happy place is a symbol of serenity.
I don’t have one concrete happy place because my happy place is driving down California’s Pacific Coast Highway a.k.a. PCH. There is something about driving in my car along the coast, watching the ocean shimmer endless beauty that makes me want to dive in head first. The change of scenery as I drive reminds me that my journey will have unexpected curves and turns and that my path will merge into another direction. And I remind myself that living life on the edge is exactly how I want to live.
The PCH was my getaway in high school. At night, I would drive along the road with my windows down and listen to the waves crash against the cliffs. I would sing my heart out to soulful ballads, then pick a spot to pull over and gaze at the moon and the stars reflecting against the ocean. When I visit my hometown, I always try to make time for my happy place; whether it is 2 pm or 2 am, driving down the coast never seems to let me down. I always write and write for hours, jotting down my hopes and dreams, making them feel more tangible. I express how I want to break free and discover life’s mysteries.
It's also nice to share my happy place with my friends. We enjoy driving down the coast and hiking up what is known as the “sandhill.” It’s a place where we pick up where we left off, reminiscing on old adventures and sharing new ones. The PCH will always be a place I enjoy coming back to, giving me that familiar, tranquil feeling.
It has been there for me during my triumphs and defeats, but no matter how I feel during the ride, I always leave feeling a sense of victory.
What is your happy place? If you don't have one, don't waste your days in a daze. Go out. Explore. Play. Life's treasure is out there, and it's up to you to find the X that marks the spot.
With more than 7 billion others on Earth, we still have a deep connection with each other in one way or another. Although individuals carry different beliefs, we collectively have a universal idea of the meaning of life. The 7 Billion Others project does an incredible job of giving us a global, profound insight of our unifying similarities and the principle differences that urge us to make a difference.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand partnered with Sybille d’Orgeval and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire to illustrate the unity on Earth and the actions we need to take to further work towards harmony. The project consists of 6,000 filmed interviews in 84 countries in which people are asked about their views, including hopes, dreams, and fears. In his editorial, Arthus-Bertrand shares his personal mission to give via the purpose of the 7 Billion Others project:
"For in struggles to come, whether it is the struggle against poverty or climate change, we cannot act on our own. The times in which one could think only of oneself or of one’s own small community are over. From now on, we cannot ignore what it is that links us and the responsibilities that this implies.
There are more than seven billion of us on Earth, and there will be no sustainable development if we cannot manage to live together. That is why 7 Billion Others is so important to me. I believe in it because it concerns all of us and because it encourages us to take action. I hope that each one of us will want to reach out and make these encounters, to listen to other people and to contribute to the life of 7 Billion Others by adding our own experiences and expressing our desire to live together."
The philanthropic photographer demonstrates that with enlightenment, drive, and action, we can make a difference. He manifests in SOLO's mantra that one idea, one action, one person can change the world. Among the tender film topics are happiness, differences, making love last, and the meaning of life.
When it comes down to it, we are all in pursuit of happiness - to find a state beyond contentment, a state that's full of love and laughter, a state of bliss. A lady from Romania describes happiness as "to feel good in your own skin" and expresses that she will obtain happiness once she feels self-love. She demonstrates that we all have our insecurities that contributes to feeling unsatisfied with life, but she also shows us that we each have the ability to uplift each other. A man from Cuba expresses how "No one on Earth knows total happiness," and maybe he's right because we all have our triumphs and defeats. However, we can still create a joyful journey. Throughout the interviews of asking the simple question, "What is happiness?" human beings around the world describe happiness as satisfaction in life - whether it's for the moment, for the day, or for eternity.
Many of the 7 billion others on Earth, unfortunately, feel as if they do not know what happiness is due to the fact that it is hard to achieve the fundamentals of life, such as putting food on the table for their family or funding an education for their children. Each film clenches your heart, tugging on its strings to care, to act, and to believe you can make a difference. Yann Arthus-Bertrand does an exceptional job of making you want to flourish the world with positivity and extend a simple helping hand.
SOLO Eyewear encourages you to learn more about the 7 Billion Others project and explore the world through the visions of human souls that are just like you. Most importantly, we encourage you to fulfill your personal Mission to Give.
Our mantra is one idea, one person, one action can change the world. We believe that we each have a purpose in this world, and through our purposes, we impact the history of humanity. You may think, "History? No no no...I'm not a part of history." Ahhh, but yes you are.
Each small action makes a difference: holding the door open for someone behind you, picking up that piece of trash you didn't carelessly drop on the ground, telling that stranger he looks good today. The positive energy you put into the universe reflects on this earth. With more than 7 billion people on Earth, each human being can make positive choices so we can see the change we wish to see in this world.
We believe in a world where every kind thought, every kind action goes a long way - where people believe that kindness is virtue. Where kindness grows and becomes the central topic of news. Where people believe in helping others, even strangers. We believe in a world of mindfulness. Where people are aware of the good and the bad they do. And we hope that people realize that every choice they make affects this earth. We believe that the foundation of life relies on the conscious effort of making good choices, so that every living species can live in peace and harmony. We believe in the saying that “Happiness never decreases from being shared,” because as Buddha mentioned, “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” At SOLO Eyewear, we aim to make a difference, one smile at a time.
We’re in this world together so we should work together to make it the best it can be. The actions you take show what kind of world you want so say yes to kindness, peace, and love. Your decisions today can create a better tomorrow.
SOLO - one idea. one person. one action can change the world.