Re-defining happiness

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I have everything a human would ever need in this world. I have Christ, a Faith to believe in, family, friends, and people who I love and love me back. I also have a paycheck, shelter, clean water, and food.  I am so passionate about my job that it doesn't feel like a job. I wouldn't trade my life for anything, even though I am alone in a place where nothing is familiar - I've still never known life to be this good.

So, what's my deal? What's this post really about?

Shouldn't I feel like I finally made it? Why is there a need to re-define my own happiness?

I've always had a mile marker for my happiness. Society has always had a mile marker for my happiness and I'm a bit embarrassed to say I sometimes feel like a sell out when it comes to that.

I mean....high school graduation, college, graduate school, marriage, kids, money, whatever it is, there has always been a mile marker for feeling like I made it.

I realized in the past month that I am out of mile markers. It's a bit scary to think I will determine what my next mile marker of "happiness" will be and determining if I should celebrate those moments or if I should continue to work hard, be humble, and put forth the effort to achieve my next big moment in life without marking it as another mile stone.

How do I re-define my own happiness based on what I measure it to be, and not society's indicators?

I definitely don't have the answers. What I do know, is I can't wait to stop and celebrate all of life's moments that I've been so fortunate to have and will continue to have.

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