Happiness is a modern obsession. Our culture is always telling us to want more, buy more, strive for more. We tend to think of happiness as something to chase, something which will happen after we’ve achieved a certain goal.
As far as I can see, chasing things doesn’t make you happy at all. Once you get what you want, you want something else. I’m starting to see happiness as something you need to let into your life, not run after.
Tied up with the idea of happiness as some sort of future destination, is the problem of wishing our lives away. We all do it. We can’t wait for the weekend, for our next holiday, or until we get our new car. But the hard truth is, this is your life, and it’s happening right now. Not on Saturday, or when it’s finally summer, but now.
Gretchen Rubin refers to a great quote in her book, The Happiness Project: “The days are long, but the years are short.”
We’re so busy chasing everything that we often don’t notice our lives happening. But the future isn’t certain. Although we tend to think things will be better in years to come, none of us know that for sure.
It’s great to be ambitious, to want to improve your life, and to look forward to things. But let’s not forget to notice where we are now.