If I buy a new car, I will be really happy.
The day I find my someone special , I will be really happy.
If I find a job, I will be really happy.
If I get admission in that college, I will be really happy.
Is happiness a destination? Do we need to reach a certain magical point in life to feel happy?
Is happiness a commitment?
A daily commitment to live life to the fullest. A commitment to enjoy the ride till our deepest desires see the light of day. A commitment to keep the faith even when life takes a wrong turn. A commitment to enjoy every day. A commitment to neither wander off in the past to look for explanations for things that went wrong nor fly off to the distant future to predict what can go wrong; a commitment to not embark on a time travel journey, that starts at regret and guilt, and ends at fears and insecurities.
When I am on the road, I constantly look out of the window searching for a moment that I have not experienced before. An odd-looking tree. A beautiful maroon flower. Funny bumper sticker on a car. Local school kids enjoying their afternoon treat. Pink/purple painted houses (yes, there are many in Pondicherry). Street art decorative pieces made of clay, cane or wax laid out on a plastic sheet.
I believe happiness is a commitment to look beyond the obvious. To look beyond what is going wrong in my life. To look beyond my desires. To look beyond my wish list. To look beyond the daily grunt of life to find that tiny speck of happiness hidden in my life. To not take any day for granted and make the most of what I have. To create beautiful relationships in my life, invest my time and energies in people and be vulnerable. Completely out there without any guards.
What does happiness mean to you?