The Happyness of Pursuit
“What would you say if a man walked in here with no shirt, and I hired him? What would you say?”
“He must have had on some really nice pants”
- Martin Frohm & Christopher Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness
I often say that you couldn't pay me enough money to go back to my old job, the one I gave up in 2016 to pursue more meaning in life.
I have no doubt that this is true, I feel it in my bones. And I know this because I chose this path for myself, it was of my own doing.
Taking control is really empowering. Something clicked inside my head where I realized that regardless of circumstance my actions are always under my control: I always have the choice to act the way I would want to.
Above all, I experienced serenity like never before. This amazing state of calm where it's just you and nothing else. It's absolute self-control; total awareness of your mind as an entity on its own, disconnected from everything yet connected to everything at the same time.
It's an effortless state of being.
My mantra in life has now become to do things for the right reasons, so that the things you do end up being the right things.
The funny thing is that because you're doing the right things, the right kind of opportunities fall into your lap.
It helps me keep sight of the important things in life: the intangibles. It helps me 'Love Yourz'.
Most of all, I've come to fall in love with the process of pursuing meaning and happiness, as opposed to the end results themselves. After all, meaning and happiness are different for everyone. I choose what meaning and happiness are for me.
This part of my life... this little part, is called 'the happyness of pursuit'.