"Every word journey is a Journey West. I am Lewis, and I am Clark. I am not the Donner Party" - Chuck Wendig
Our happiness always seems to come with conditions.
“I’ll be happy when I’m thin.”
“I’ll be happy when I get good grades.”
“I’ll be happy when I’m in a relationship.”
“I’ll be happy when I get my dream job.”
Looking to the external world to remedy an internal problem however, doesn’t work.
These things may bring us happiness, but it’s a happiness that is short-lived and temporary.
The reality is that happiness has no conditions.
It isn’t a destination or a person or something you can buy.
Happiness is something you create.
It’s an outlook and it’s a choice.
You find happiness when you stop fixating on everything going wrong in your life, and start focusing on all the things going right.
You find it when you stop comparing yourself to others, and start embracing who you are with love and acceptance.
You find happiness when you live in the moment—when you let go of the hurt from your past and the anxiety of the future; when you allow yourself to enjoy the possibility of today.
You find it when you stop holding yourself to impossible or unrealistic standards—when you let go of all the judgements and expectations; when you allow yourself to be exactly who you are and feel exactly what you feel.
You find happiness when you let go of the fear of failure; when you give yourself the permission to mess up and be imperfect; when you embrace your flaws; when you recognize that your mistakes don’t make you a failure—they make you human, and they help you to learn and grow.
The only thing preventing you from being happy, is you.
Decide that you deserve something more.
Stop listening to the voice telling you that you aren’t worthy of happiness.
Because happiness isn’t something you earn.
It’s your birthright.
A MUCH needed reminder for me. Nearly every single day of my life.