Lifestyle, Mental Health

How to Be Happy

Black girl standing in front of a pink wall with a milky way type pattern draping over the entire image.

A Realistic Take on Life

Life—it’s complicated, sad, and confusing sometimes. Many of us in the western world are taught to work now to live our lives later. But when exactly is later? When we’re old and rigid when we have little ability and time to explore our beautiful earth?

Some people are okay with going with the flow and riding along with the wheel, but I’m not sure I am.

I’ve reached 24 years of life now, and I look back and wonder what it has been filled with so far—school, work, and working on building my career. It’s not like these tasks haven’t been instrumental in making me the ambitious (sometimes overly ambitious) person I am, but do they make me truly happy?

After being in that routine for so long, I’ve realized that those things don’t really make me happy, but what does—creating, learning, and exploring. There’s nothing that makes me happier than painting on a rainy day or horribly roller skating down the sidewalk or reading a blog post that resonates with me.

As I grow older and realize some things I just can’t change, like societal constructs and expectations, it has hit me that I can change anything I want about myself, whether it be my appearance or my occupation. With that said, I think I’ve found my key to happiness—making my dreams a reality as often as I can.

I mean, think about it, we live on a floating rock in the middle of a dark abyss, and our lives are literally a blink compared to the bigger picture. Why waste it away doing something that doesn’t drive you…that doesn’t make you happy?

So, how to be happy? I follow Uncle Iroh’s advice:

There’s nothing wrong with a life of peace and prosperity. I suggest you think about what it is that you want from your life, and why.

Uncle Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender

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