Many of us are in the pursuit of happiness, or at least contentment. I feel a lot of us forget to find happiness in the journey. The journey is never straight forward, and it can be hard to see the purpose as you travel along. Some of us will hit a lot more obstacles than others and most people will find their journey daunting. There are so many lessons to learn, through all the hardship there is always the chance to grow and develop. There should be satisfaction found as we travel along, as we keep moving forward may we find a joy that we are constantly pursuing what we want to do. Even if you are feeling so unfulfilled now, may you find peace and happiness as you continue your journey to find what you love.
As I mentioned, satisfaction should be found throughout the journey and not just in the goal. I do not know what your perspective on life is, but I know from mine I have spent many years being unhappy because I had not reached the goals I had. I was watching my siblings and friends pursue what they loved, and I could not keep up. Choosing to be unhappy made my perspective on life alter. I would often question myself what the point was, if I had no purpose how life would continue. Which is a sad state to be in because there was still so much beauty and life around me. However, my vision had become incredibly clouded with negativity so that I was blinded to the beauty around me. I still had passions, but I was choosing to neglect those because they did not add up to how other people were fulfilling their lives. It is a woeful way to live to simply follow in other peoples’ footsteps. That is not the way we were intended to live. We can learn from others but do not be replicas of one another.
One aim that can so easily tear people apart is the pursuit of money. Money in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, it is a much-needed necessity in which to live. If our sole purpose is the pursuit of money over anything else, then that will be truly unsatisfying. It does not matter how much money you earn, you will always want more. You will do whatever you need to get it. If you chosoe to pursue what you love, as long as you have to money to get by I do not think being rich will be the main aim. I hope you can earnestly pursue what you love. Whether that be reading, writing, painting, music, walking, painting, etc.
Faith has helped me to in a way stay rooted. I understand that not everyone shares the same faith or ideals, but these truths have helped me in my life. I have not always been the most obedient at following them but they do help to give perspective on what is important.
Luke 12:15 ‘Then he said to them. “Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in abundance of his possessions’
Matthew 6:21 ‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’
Romans 13:8 ‘Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.’
One quote that has given me perspective on how I live my life is that by Dave Ramsey and I think gives a stark reality to how we live within our society.
‘We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.’
We need to make sure that all our happiness is not simply placed in materialistic items or gains. Instead investing it in the passions we have and surrounding ourselves with people who love and support us for who we are.
Sometimes our dreams and passions will change along our journey. That is not a bad thing. Time has not been wasted, you can use the skills you have to drive you through this new passion or dream. Life is an adventure (sorry for that overused cliché) but one day is never the same as the next. No matter how monotonous your routine may be. Drive yourself to try something new and do not be afraid of failure for it is only evidence that you have tried. May you learn to find beauty and purpose in life, even in your hardest days. Be kind to yourself, you do not have to have it altogether just because those around you do. Just keep working hard and always try to pursue what you love.
Happiness can be found even in the simple pleasures, just because those around you are not happy does not mean you are not allowed to be. The world needs more kindness and happiness!
May you have blessed week. xx