Many of us hold the belief that there is always something better than what we have. Similarly to a gambler, if you bet too much, you risk losing it all. But how much is too much? The only way to find out is to take the risk…
There comes a point in all our lives when we believe that the grass is greener on the other side. That what we have is not enough and that we can only attain the happiness achieved by others by emulating their lifestyle.
We are all competing on a social level; always comparing our number of followers on Twitter or Instagram with our peers. It is the thought that we are missing out on something that motivates us most: the latest episode of a TV series, the newest phone, a great app. The list goes on…
By attending university, my friends have sought security for their futures. Their stint in further education will provide them with a wealth of knowledge essential to progress in life. Yes, in three years’ time, they will be debt-stricken in the region of £45,000, but, perhaps more importantly, they will be all the wiser for it. However, too many people have jobs that do not interest them, and this is where difficulties occur. Then they will go about paying off this burden, working long shifts in a style of life they never had any intention of living, dreaming of change. All under the promise that better days are just around the corner.
How can this be a route to a happy life? Is it not a façade, which we hide behind, in an attempt to give our days meaning?
In spite of everything we have, we are still capable of feeling depressed. It is only after understanding this notion that we realise that happiness is something more than material worth. We attempt to cheer ourselves up by buying a shiny new iPhone or some such gift. This euphoria will last a week or two, maybe even a month, but then, other than an expensive bill, what’s left to show for it? Just because it’s new or different doesn’t mean it’s better.
The greatest sin in life is living with no desires beyond that of pure existence’s sake. Happiness cannot be attained by living a lavish lifestyle with no meaning or purpose. Delve into your mind and search for what makes you tick. Spend your time doing something that you love. Give yourself something to look forward to when you wake up in the morning. More than anything else, happiness is a state of mind.