The Pursuit of Happyness is a movie where Christopher Gardner, played by Will Smith, is seen going through struggle after struggle, only to come out on the top in the end. He becomes distraught, having to deal with homelessness and making sure that his young son still has his most basic needs met. There is a quote in the movie where he talks about Thomas Jefferson and the Statue of Liberty. He says “happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it.”
I believe to know happiness, we must first overcome sadness; those who know struggle and strife have been at the bottom of the dark pit. When it seems as if there could be know way out, help comes in the most unexpected ways: a job we were hoping for, a friend comes through during our crises or just an unexpected paycheck to help with some financial troubles. Somehow we were able to make it out alive, showing the rest of the world if you don’t give up, you too, can truly know happiness.
Happiness is different for many people. For me happiness is being able to achieve the many dreams I didn’t have time for if I were stuck in a mundane 9-5 job. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice to be able to earn and regular income, but not when I have to sacrifice my creative side in order to get it.
I left the 9-5 only a few months ago and I have never felt so free to let my creative side run wild. I am writing again, I started a blog (!), and I’m in the beginning stages of planning a business. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but whatever it is I want to remember this feeling… this feeling I have right at this very moment… it is called HAPPINESS!
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama
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