Hope you’re all having a great time, unlike me who currently has absolutely no motivation to get out of bed each morning. Why? Well, apparently, my life has taken an oath to make everything go wrong for me, be it school, home, friends – you name it. And yet I move on, pretending like nothing’s wrong and wear the smile that everyone who knows me is so accustomed to seeing, whether I want to or not.
But I’m so happy and proud of myself that I’m at least able to put up a fake smile, that I haven’t given up yet, that I still have hope although it seems like there’s no reason why I should think that way. Because when I actually look closer, I have millions of reasons to be happy. How many of you have read the Harry Potter series? Does this sound familiar to you?
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
As cliché as it sounds, it holds so much meaning that one can understand only if they really want to. And yes, in the midst of my life being a total mayhem, I’m trying to grasp the full meaning of that quote.
What does it essentially mean? People will say things like, “Happiness is everywhere, you just have to look for it” or “Happiness can be found even in the smallest of things”. And while all that is true, these definitions don’t help me in any way in my pursuit of finding the real meaning of that quote.
Yes, you can find happiness if you search for it. It will be there if you take a look in the microscope. But the general meanings as given above will only make me guilty of feeling sad. When I’m having a bad day, I like to think about it a bit, be sad, and cry until my tear glands dry out. And trust me, it’s okay to do that. It feels a lot better when you cry it out. Sometimes you just don’t feel like smiling or talking, and it’s completely natural.
But although crying can take loads off your mind, it is never the solution, and you can’t ever be happy if you don’t think positive. As for me, I want to be happy and content even when nothing’s going on the right track. And this, I can do only if I search well enough. *insert quote again* 😉
So that is what I make of that quote- to be sad without feeling guilty, but when I want to be happy, there’s absolutely no reason not to be. Well, there is, but I need to condition my mind to not wander off in that direction. That’s what I, you and everybody should work on. Although I took a long route, I essentially came back to the same meaning. Where exactly are we supposed to search? Here, let me try to help you there.
Happiness can be found…
- In the things we take for granted:
How many of us actually pause our busy lives to thank for all that we have? Tiny facts like we have a roof over our heads, or we have food to fill our stomachs, or we have a car to go around places, or we’ve got our family and friends or… you get it; I could go on and on. We often forget that there are people living without these things, and that our life would’ve been so much more chaotic in their absence.
Let’s all start a trend. Every day, on your social media, whether it is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or anything else, post something thanking for all that you have. Don’t worry, you will never run out of these.
- In coincidences/near miracles:
Do you believe in miracles? Well, I do. Not because they seem like a very fancy, magical thing, but because I’ve actually experienced them. True story: Just an hour ago, I prayed that it would rain today, and now I have to go close the windows of my room so that the water won’t gush in since it’s raining cats and dogs!
Things like running into your best friend at the dentist (true story) or that one ice cream bar in your freezer waiting for you after a long day is sure to make you forget the bad stuff.
- In people:
When was the last time you smiled at a stranger, or said hi to your neighbour? That one smile could have lit up their day, you never know. How about buying your best friend or your sister/brother a nice little something? Surprise them with a chocolate, or a keychain, or something that you made, or maybe simply just a plain card saying how much you love them. Seeing them happy will make you smile too, won’t it? It sure would for me! Instead of shutting yourself off from people, go ahead and talk to even those you rarely talk to, it’ll make a huge difference.
Well, these are only a few places to search for happiness. There are countless others that I still need to find. I told you, I’m still trying to figure this out myself. But I hope you get what I’m talking about. Open your eyes wide, and you’ll see a completely different view, a fresh perspective. It all comes with practice. Practice to think positive and to be happy, and everything will fall in its place sooner or later. As long as you believe everything is okay, it definitely is. So put that beautiful face up for everyone to see, and smile.
Have a good day, and tell me all about it down in the comments section!