Before I start using my meandering imagination and make a genuine attempt to write a philosophical blog –
1.Please watch the movie ‘In pursuit of happyness’ (its not a spelling error – the movie is spelled like that) because its heartmelting and a great reminder that hardwork and commitment are enough to make you happy.
2.Happiness is comprehended in tons of ways – so my thought process may not exactly match yours.But you can still read my post [:-)] .
3.Raki suggested that I should write on something more serious and this title immediately struck me.
For me happiness is a very vague term because its not permanent.It changes with situations ,with people in your life,with success and failure and of course with a change in your own personality.Had someone asked me 2 years back – what makes you happy I would have said a good rank in the competetive exams,an extended vacation to spend more time with family and a chance to meet up with my school friends.
As of today ,except for the last answer my reply is different. I want a Btech degree with minimal(if possible zero) coding, more holidays unlike the ones we have which are on par with the banks and government offices and good food in the mess!
Like the name of the post suggests one can never be happy and content.The wants undergo metamorphosis every other moment.The momet you have attained something you longed for , there is a calm within and an unsung song in the heart.After a few days , your goals are once again set and you set out in a quest to attain it.Agreed we are an ambitious lot and agreed we have more materialistic needs than say perhaps our senior generations but as time transcends by so does the mentality.What is important to us today may not make sense to our grandparents.It is this lack of coherent communication that leads to misunderstandings in the family.
For a majority of us happiness is equated directly with success.Unfortunately we fail to understand the cliche here :
“Success is getting what you want,
Happiness is wanting what you get”
I could never apply this logic to my life though its sounds really nice.I have never seen or heard of a person who has achieved perennial happiness.Maybe Mr.Bagaria would be an exception.I guess its human tendency to want more and to go after it.That is what differentiates us from the other species.What we can try to do is place a limit to our wants at stages of our life otherwise it would become a case of building castles in thin air.Have set targets and irrespective of what others think , as long as you are happy nothing else should bother you.I bother a lot about other’s opinions and what they think of me and perhaps thats why I try and be what is ‘expected’ of me.But over the past 6 months I have changed and now I do my own thing,if I dont like someone I dont talk,if I feel the need to converse I do and I have never been closer to myself. Eventually all of us want to leave a legacy , a place in the hearts of a select few who would remember us for our deeds and makes them happy.
None of us can attain the ultimate level of happiness.We are always in the race,always in search for more,seeking things beyond our reach and there is a happiness in that struggle too.Right now for me the definition of happiness changes pretty erratically but I am certain that I will achieve most of my goals.That thought keeps me happy,my family and friends keep me happy,blogging keeps me happy,watching movies keeps me happy and like everyone else the pursuit keeps me happy.