Friday, 16 March 2012

happiness is a way of life.

Lately, i've been reading "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin.

As i mentioned in a previous post, i think most of us aren't un-happy, we could just do with being happy-er.
happier with where you are in life.
happier with how you look.
happier with who you are.
but as Gretchen has so perfectly put, "Happiness doesn't always make you happy."

having turned 23 this year, i feel a little closer to being 'mid-twenties' than 'early-twenties.' which is quite scary! i spent my early twenties really lost. i didn't like where i was in life, how i looked, or who i was.
you hear of all the people who have businesses, seeing the world, doing great things and living it up in their mid to late twenties, which it makes me wonder... where will i be in 5 years time? 10 years time? 20 years time?

though thinking back, i definitely have more of a sense of who i am than when i was in my late teens-early twenties. but we are all still finding ourselves. I know i am. I particularly like a quote from W. H. Arden (as quoted in THP):

"Between the ages of twenty and fourty, we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity."

so phew, i do have until at least 40 to figure this all out.
Right now, i am happy. but i have grown to know, i probably wont be doing the job i'm currently at forever (necessary limitation). Everything that doesn't work out for me now, opens more doors for knowing what will work. yes, a cafe with a does sound so much more inviting!

this piece is currently selling in the shop at work. i saw it today and thought how perfectly it ties in with today's post. Happiness isn't just somewhere we need to be, it's a way of being. Happiness isn't a constant thing, it's how you deal with the good and bad things that happen. how do i know how things will be in 20 years? the answer is simple:  Be happy.

a is currently having a bit of a technical issue with her laptop. she'll be back soon.
love, h

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