“Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married or own a house as if life was some kind of grocery list. But nobody ever asks if you are happy.”
I came across this quote years ago and it has stuck with me. Do you agree with that? When I first read it I was like YES! I’ve always been so ambitious and adventurous, that a lot of times I make unconventional choices in life. Society expects people to follow a script when it comes to creating your own story, but the concept of happiness can look so different for everyone. At the same time though, living in this day and age we are used to being bombarded with images of perfect lives on social media and lately the happiness list seems to be growing exponentially bigger and unattainable. It’s not just about the house and the career anymore. It’s about having an absolutely perfect life all the time. And that is daunting.
Researches say that happiness is a choice. It’s an active decision that you have to make every single day. The more I live, the more I see that life really is about love and the pursue of happiness (but also being able to embrace pain and learn from it instead of running from it). That journey is beautiful and scary, full of ups and downs; and because of that, moments of joy are so powerful to us. I guess I’m still learning what happiness means to me, but the more I think about it, the more I’m more convinced that whatever it is it doesn’t look like a grocery list. Even though we must endure responsibilities, face uncomfortable decisions and acknowledge that a career and a house are important things to consider, in the end it’s all about balance. And respecting other people’s ideas of happiness.
But then again it’s only Monday. I gotta chill.