Written by Nathasha De Alwis
08 Nov, 2018 | 3:48 pm
Colombo (News1st): We as human beings constantly worry about life and happiness. Somewhere down the line, we misunderstand what life and happiness are, we think that it is success, money or even possessing everything that you can purchase.
It’s funny how the desire for power and wealth increase the speed at which we believe we need to work to live a happy life. We start moving at a pace where no one can truly monitor or analyze the levels of stress and intensity.
Since our young ages, we’ve been exposed to various definitions of happiness. We think promotions, career progressions and even surrounding yourself with wealth is happiness. We need to redefine what happiness is.
For this, we need to think about what we want to be rather than thinking about what we need to do. Do you want to be happy? Do you want to be more self-aware? Do you want to be more conscious? We have to move away from what we want to do in situations, to what we have to be in situations.
The three most common things we forget when we’re rushing out of our homes is our keys, wallet or phone. We rush back inside and make a mess of the place trying to find those belongings. Finally, you realize that you had it in your hand, your back pocket or your bag all along.
It is funny that our experience in happiness is similar to this. We run around trying to find it in absolutely every place, but actually, when we come back home we find it’s within.
Jim Carrey once said that “everyone should be rich and famous and do everything they dreamed of just to see that it’s not the answer”.
What he meant by this was that what we’re searching for is not out there, but it is inside.
So don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s or something’s pocket. If you do this your life will rely on that person or thing.
Don’t try to find someone to complete yourself. Rather be the person that completes yourself. We are told to be with someone who makes you happy, but I believe you should be someone who makes you happy.
Live life for yourself, not for someone else. Start to find yourself, take a moment, take a step back or even press pause and find your happiness. Ask your self-questions like what makes me happy? Rather than questioning what makes them happy?
Allocate time to yourself, find what you are good at and what you are not. Understand yourself. Don’t let someone else define your happiness.
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