Happiness is the goal. I don't believe I've ever met anyone who truly wants to be unhappy. Some seem to live life seeking unhappiness, but I don't think it is what they really want. Maybe the fear of failing to find happiness is enough to keep some folks from really trying, or maybe it's something else I can't begin to understand.
I believe most of us know we want it, but are not sure how to get it. We follow the road that society has laid out for us. We simply do what we believe we are supposed to do. Maybe some find happiness doing that, I did not.
I'm not saying I was miserable or there was not any joy in my life. It was just not completely fulfilling. I always felt like something was missing. Something I couldn't quite put my finger on. So I kept on doing what others said I should, following the herd, always hoping I'd eventually run across that whatever it was, that's missing.
Then I found the key. That magical skeleton key that as John Denver put it, "opens every door."
What is the key?
Self awareness. The realization that happiness is individual and we have to determine for ourselves what it is that will make us happy. We have to throw away the rules and limitations society imposes on us and reach deep inside ourselves and ask, what do I need to be happy? What do I really want to do with the rest of my life? What would it take for me to live this new lifestyle.
Wanna be happy? Here's the secret.....be true to yourself. Chase your dream. Discover what you really want from life. You might just find yourself happier than a tornado in a trailer park.
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