Our world has changed drastically in the last 20 years:
⦁ Cell phones.
⦁ Video conferencing.
⦁ Self-driving cars.
⦁ Chatbots that write articles in seconds.
Except for Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, who could have imagined this world we live in today? These technological miracles have made possible what was only science fiction. They have also created intense pressure to have more, do more, and be more.
You can have it all! ” They scream out at you, “and if you don’t, there’s something wrong with your life. Just buy this _____ [gadget, car, self-help book, etc.], and you’ll feel the way you long to feel! ” “Just start this ______ [business, diet, workout regimen], and your life will start being what it should be!”
We try harder, run faster and work longer, racing at breakneck speed like mad hamsters on a wheel. No one expects to keep running forever, and we all intend to stop—just as soon as we get where we’re going when we’re satisfied with where we are.
We have begun to believe that because we can accomplish, we must. If something desirable exists, and we don’t have it, we are miserable. If there’s some standard, and we don’t meet it, we’ve failed. So, we have to accomplish it all, have it all, “make it,” and then we can relax, kick back, and start to be ourselves.
You can work on having the right body. Still, even if you succeed in dieting and exercising yourself to perfection—an unlikely prospect for most of us—you will inevitably age and lose the model you tried so hard to create.
You can work on making the right amount of money. There’s nothing wrong with money, in and of itself, if used correctly. But interestingly, some of the people who enjoy the most money and “success”—celebrities—often have the least enduring satisfaction in life, as evidenced by their heavy drug use and high divorce rates.
Or, you can work on finding the perfect love—the kind you read about in novels and see on film. The problem is that people aren’t always slick, polished, adoring, witty, and immortal in real life. They get angry, complain, bore us, and get disillusioned with us.
We all want to be free. Free from debt. Free from worry. Free from fat. Free from stress. Free from removal from this country. But true freedom doesn’t come from outside yourself. If you depend on that something to make you happy, you may get the opposite result.
You have to want to be happy. That means different things to different people. But it is a decision. Choose happiness today.
An article written by Shifra Hendrie inspired these thoughts.
Andres “Searching for Happiness” Mejer
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