Thursday, September 25, 2008

Happiness! Why doth thou be so elusive?


Is happiness a concept rather than a state of mind? If it is a state of mind, I have found it very difficult to achieve it. Happiness is elusive and obscure. I come to realize that the more I try to look for it, the more elusive it is. I keep assuming that a particular thing or a particular event will give me the happiness I crave for. But when I get there, I don't find myself happy. At least, not the way I thought I'd be.

As a child, it had never been a problem for me to stay happy. At every point in time, something or the other would fascinate me -- captivate my imagination and make me happy. At some point in time, the illusion ended and all I'm left with now are bleak reminders of those happy times and lots of unfulfilled dreams and empty promises. The key to happiness is to believe in the possibility that happiness will come around. However, when it becomes too hard to believe in happiness, all you are left with is a futile search for a paradise lost.

In my search for happiness, I have seen people who have achieved happiness and their stories are amazing as well as heartwarming. I see happiness in people who are content with their lives. Desires do not rule their lives like they do mine. My desires may not be material but they are still desires and they make me yearn for more than what I have. Is there a source for eternal happiness? These people claim there is such a source. My quest, possibly futile, continues.

They say, life is a long ride. I'd like to enjoy it while I can.

5 comments:

RAJ said...

HEY...U WERE SUPPOSE TO WRITE ABOUT THE VIZAK TRIP....THAT TOO IS ABOUT GETTING DRUNK TO FIND THE DEVINE HAPPYNESS..ISNT IT???

Aj said...

lol... Whats there to write dude? I have put up some pix on the orkut pix page... check them out.. will upload them here sometime soon. :)

Shreyans Mehta said...

Associating happiness with a goal or an end will always lead to temporary happiness or pleasure... A man who loves to write is happy not when his book is published, but is happy when he is writing.

The same is with desires. If you satisfy your desires, you feel pleasure for some time and things get normal... But, if you enjoy every moment of what you are doing, you will find happiness at every instant without searching for it...

If you want to be happy, find your calling...

Aj said...

You know, that is easier said than done. I have tried to find my calling but each time I narrow it down to something in particular, I begin to question it. What I have come to realize is that if you want something more than anything else; if you'd love your work/passion like you'd love your self, you will have found your calling. I like my job (also my passion) but I dont love it yet. :(

ryan said...

wow...that was pretty good.beautifull even....hi this is ryan ...just been introduced to blogging..i have been writing a fictional crime novel..well its mostly a autobiography of myself....and i would certainly appreciate if ..i could get some inputs and a critical view on the few paras i have written...i know for a fact i am a rookie in the writing business but i felt the urge to tell the world my story...looking forward to your views...cheers