Finding happiness is not some magic cure all to a perfect life. In fact, finding happiness isn’t attainable. I mean, it is, but there will always be something else. Once we find what we’re looking for, reach goals, or find the place where we’re most happy…there will always be a piece of us that searches for more. Never fully content with life as it is. Always looking for a better answer, a better solution, a better life.
Maybe in a moment, we’re happy. But then the next moment we remember why we were sad.
Isn’t this the human condition? We’re like a paradox. A terrible paradox. Always searching for happiness, but never fully finding it because we can’t be content with where we are in the present.
Maybe that’s the key to finding happiness. Maybe being happy is as simple as just being content.
I know for me, I’m happy. I know that I’m blessed, have family and friends who love me, and deep down I know I have a bright future. But there are also moments when I wake up and wonder what the point is. That I wonder what I’m going to do to move out of my parents house, wonder if my family and friends actually love me, and if the future is really so bright in the midst of a global pandemic with skyrocketing unemployment rates, people getting sick every day, and uncertainty as to what the future holds. It’s scary. While I know I’m fortunate to even have a part time time job right now, I’m at a loss as to how to secure full time employment. While I know I’m blessed to be healthy and well, I worry what tomorrow will hold.
The world is a crazy place. While there is so much to be grateful for, there is also a lot to fear because we can’t always control what happens to us…we can only control how we react. We can choose to be content, happy in spite of uncertainty…or we can choose to break down and live in despair.
Honestly, I feel like I’m somewhere in between happiness and fear. Between thankful and despair. And as much as it pains to me say, I think that’s the normal reaction to life right now: A healthy mix of fear and a healthy mix of being grateful. For the roof over our heads, food on the table, healthy family and friends, and still so much potential in sight for the future. Even when it’s difficult to see sometimes.
In the era of covid, I feel like people are either terrified or unconcerned. I don’t think either is the right reaction.
We should be scared of what’s happening in the world right now, but we shouldn’t let it take over our lives. We have to find ways to deal with the fear so we can move forward. Finding a balance between being aware and cautious, but not letting covid keep you from living life.
We shouldn’t be unconcerned either. The world right now is extremely concerning and we can’t forget that. We should care because covid-19 is very real and is effecting life as we know it all around the globe. We should take precautions in our daily life to help keep each other safe. Again, it’s about finding a balance between being aware and cautious, but not letting coronavirus keep you from living life.
I’m not an expert. This is just my opinion. But this is life right now. A lot of people are not happy. A lot of people are trying to find happiness. And the more we search for happiness, I feel like the less we’ll find it. We have to be content today. Even in the midst of tragedy. Find a light in each day, and hold onto it. It may not be okay, but it will be alright. You know what I mean?
We’ll get through this together and find whatever the “new normal” is going to be. That’s scary, I know. And maybe it won’t be okay, or maybe it will be, I don’t know…I just choose to believe that somehow, someway, everything will work out in the end. Not perfectly. It just will work out. Because it has to. Hard times don’t last forever.
At the end of the day, I see more good than bad. Don’t misunderstand, there is a lot of bad, but good can overcome, right? It’s a good life. I really think it is. Not an easy life. Especially right now. But we, as humanity should unite together for the common good, we’ll get through this and can still find happiness. Still have a good life filled with light, hope, and a bright-bright-bright future.
If we just take one day, maybe even one moment, at a time.
Hi! My name is Rachel. I love to write. Write about life, love, and reflect on how the past builds the future. Mostly, I love to tell stories because I believe there is something about stories that brings the world closer together. You can check out some of my writing reflections here at Rachel Writes.