You probably clicked on this post, confused as to why the title says that happiness is not my goal. And no it’s not clickbait. Over the last few months, I have really been doing some soul searching. To discover not only who I am in life and my purpose. But also my why. Why was I placed here on this earth? Why am I in the place I am right now? And honestly, I am trying to still discover my why. But one thing I know for sure, is that my main goal in life is not to be happy.
Happy is a temporary emotion. I don’t think anybody can truly say they find themselves feeling happy all the time. Happiness is a byproduct of something. I am happy when I spend time with those that I love. I am happy when I get paid from my job. But those feelings of happiness are fleeting. They don’t last. And honestly, I am fine with that.
My goal in life is not to be happy, I want to be content in my circumstances. I want to feel joyful and grateful for what I have and the people I have in my life. I want to spread love and care for others. Happiness is very low down on my priority list. But don’t get confused when I say this. That doesn’t mean that I am unhappy or sad. It simply means that I’d rather prioritise other emotions over happiness.
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Often times when you speak with people, they want to know if you’re happy and if you’re okay. And if you say no, they automatically think that something is wrong. But why do we have to be happy all of the time? I wouldn’t want to experience the happiness and joy feeling all of the time. How would I enjoy the moment of happiness if it happened so often? It’s often said that to appreciate the good, you have to experience the bad. And I 100% believe that.
HAPPINESS IS NOT MY GOAL, BUT IT WAS
For years I chase happiness. To feel happy with myself, my body and what I had around me. And it wasn’t until I stopped trying to chase that feeling that I actually really started to become content in myself and my circumstance. I think we forget that there is more to life than just feeling and being happy.
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I also think having an emotion as a goal really isn’t helpful at all. What will happen if I never feel truly happy in every aspect of my life? It will probably lead me to feel like a failure and that I’m doing something wrong.