I’m a true believer in everything happens for a reason, and it includes the people that come and go into our lives. I don’t know at what point in our generation that it became cool to be unfriendly and resistant to change, but it sounds more like the characteristics of a deadly virus rather than a normal human being. In the past year, I have met people that have been more supportive and beneficial in my life than friends that I have known for years. The problem is people can’t differentiate between quality and quantity. We let the amount of time spent with a person be the determining factor for a friendship rather than the value and significance it brings to our life. The moment we realize some people are meant to stay forever, and others are there for a temporary purpose is the moment we can live and let go.
The people that find change unfavorable are those that are scared of being left behind. The ending of a friendship or relationship shouldn’t be a bad experience. It should be embraced and celebrated because it’s a sign of change…and with change comes growth. It’s only negative when one refuses to adapt because that leads to extinction.
My goal in life is to remain happy. It’s a simple sentence for a goal that will take an entire lifetime to reach. I emphasize the word remain because not many people have actually found happiness. I am only 24 years old, and I can confidently say that I have reached my state of happiness.
I don’t own a house. I have never driven a Ferrari (and I probably never will). And I haven’t traveled outside of the U.S. But I am happily married to the most wonderful husband. I have been blessed with the best daughter. And I have a cool looking wiener dog named Moose. Some people may not agree or even believe that I could have possibly reached happiness because of the things I lack or because of the things I have gained. So it brings us to the question, what is happiness?
Happiness can easily be described as the lack of being sad, but I have felt sadness plenty of times during my state of happiness. Death has frequently crossed my family’s path during my lifetime; broken hearts are always a part of growing up, and personal failures have found room in life. Through it all, I have remained happy.
Happiness (for me) is a state of mind. I have felt sadness and mistaken depression through the struggles and problems in my short-lived life, but it is only temporary. People die; it’s a part of life. Hearts break; you move on. People fail; they keep going. Unless, you choose sadness to be your state of mind, then there it will remain.
I will never be able to describe to you what happiness means in a sentence or a paragraph, but I can show you what makes me happy during my lifetime. So follow me on my journey to remain happy as I reflect on the people I have met, the things that I have seen, the places I have gone and the new ones I will experience. This is the life of an Old Soul with a Young Spirit.
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