Have you ever noticed little kids running after the birds or overwhelmed by the soap bubbles? They think they can catch those birds.
This is life.
2020 promises only the chance to seek happiness, not happiness itself. You need to choose what it is or how many ideas you want to attempt. What do you want to try? What is even deserving of your quest? Is it a hobby? How about a bigger house, more money, a car, many homes, many cars? Why not add a boat, a super-bike, a yacht, or a private plane?
Pursue philosophy, knowledge, wisdom. Go past high school to university. Reach the pinnacle of graduate school and add an honor before your name, possibly Dr. or another fancier, more powerful tag. Be a student forever – no knowledge goes for a toss, so they say.
Seek the career of your imagination. Pursue the most delicious food at the choicest restaurants. Seek traveling, spending your nights at the world’s luxurious hotels and watching premium movies while you are there. See the world by train, ship, airplane, or car. Add tourism to explore as icing on the cake of experience.
Seek friendship, and multiply them by the tens, if you want. Try sports. Seek a flawless body, watch what you eat and work out like a well-oiled maniac. Seek your pet project, the hobby of your choice. Become a writer, a singer, an interior designer, an engineer, an architect and create whatever your mind desires. Love plants and patios, and seek fulfilment in nature and gardening.
Seek popularity, and get your bright spot in the sun of fame and reputation. Pursue status with some star power of your own. Seek political office for whatever purpose you can come up with, and have the whole world singing your slogan while you assure them that it’s all about them, not about you. Get them to accept that together you and they have been called to change the world.
Marry the love of your life. Settle down and cultivate a family. It is far better than rushing around, shacking up, sleeping here and there, or is it better? Raise faithful children and donate them as your final contribution to human civilization. You may be satisfied with that or regret the whole idea after all, in your sunset days.
You can attempt all of the above. You can seize the grip of some or most of them. One day, you will understand that happiness still hides in the foggy distance of your destiny, yet it is waiting to be tried.
If there is anything in life resembling happiness, it only lies in the race itself. “Seeking happiness” is not the ownership of joy. You are happier pursuing than finding and keeping whatever it is you are chasing.
The race continues, pursuing happiness. Though something inside each of us tells us we’ll never find on this part of the grave the constant state of joy we are chasing – we somehow know it’s better to be in the race of the dream than to give up the chase, sit back and kick back for a cop-out in the name of failure.
Be true to yourself and accept it: You are not content, and you have never met a delighted person. Many of your friends pretend to be happy but if you ever get to know them, you’ll find they’re just like you and your family and friends: always trying to pursue, but never wearing the crown, not permanently and forever.
Now, for any person who has ever been so blessed to experience pure happiness, it has always been just for a brief moment. You see, the real joy is the orgasm of life. Like an orgasm, satisfaction is the peak to which every human effort and effort builds. Like an orgasm, happiness is a climax that sends into one’s innermost being the most beloved of feelings. The sad thing is, the high never stays. It is not meant to. Happiness is the awarding of badges and singing a national anthem after a player wins an Olympic event. Happiness never lasts past the flash. Because of its transitory nature, we humans can spend our lives seeking happiness. Without the excitement of the chase, life would be pretty dull, barely worth your breath.
After all, what is life without something deserving chasing, mainly if the object of the chase is bliss, even if for a small period of time?