I’m one of the many faces in the crowd… a face obscured in the sea of so many, a voice adrift amongst the murmurs of so many… But what are these faces, these voices searching for? Why the rambling around? Why going about our lives with no purpose of life itself? Do any of us know-REALLY know- what we want from life? Except for an exceptional few, most of us keep struggling to find, find and find….. So what is it that we strive so hard to find? Well, I would like to call it ‘the elusive happiness’. Elusive? Yes, because what we keep searching for so desperately- “HAPPINESS”, has now supposedly become elusive. When was the last time you remember being happy? Not thrilled, not giddy with excitement, not eager anticipation, just plain old contentment. Confused? I was too. These days we have forgotten what happiness feels like. For an avid reader, happiness can be the smell of a new book.. For a baker, happiness can be the smile of a person whose mouth is filled with his cookies.. And so on and so forth. But we all know that. We have all read endless articles about how happiness lies in the small things in life…. My point is, in the examples that I have used above, how does a person KNOW that he is an avid reader who can devour book after book without feeling the need to rest?? Or a baker who feels the need to constantly improve on her recipes even though they’re amazing?? The happiness that all of us yearn for, the key to vanquishing the frustration inside us that we are missing something in our life, lies right under our nose. But in order to find that happiness, we need to recognize our true inner passion. And there lies the true question. How is it exactly that we find this ‘true passion’ of ours?? For the human mind is the perfect example of a yo-yo effect.. We keep shifting curricular activities from singing to dancing to debating to sketching to photography and then onto whatever catches our fancy next. But amidst this hoopla, we don’t realize the exact moment we have found our true passion-the key to this elusive happiness- and then that moment passes, leaving us clueless and nowhere to go. The answer is quite simple. Instead of rushing about trying to follow the new craze, it’s time we follow the turtle’s advice and slow down. Maybe then we’ll have a clearer idea about achieving the elusive happiness. So right now, I’m on my path to happiness and if you’re inspired by reading this, I’m assuming you’ll be doing the same thing too soon.. I’ll see you if fate decides to cross our paths!
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