As Ive grown older, I stopped appreciating simplicity. Found it hard to be content with things that were straightforward or things that were going good. Making problems where there are none is toxic behavior and you gotta nip that sh!t in the bud.
Reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a great time because it had a powerful message and yet, it was so very simple.
It was a good critique of how we grow older and place significance on things that actually end up being meaningless. Its honestly surprising when you have a conversation with someones and all they want to talk about is their plans going forward or where they see themselves in the next 5 years. Im not saying you shouldn’t have those plans or be as ambitious as possible. I guarantee if you were to ask someone about their happiness, they would look at you slightly confused or ask you to repeat yourself.
Why is it strange to talk about happiness? Feelings in general? Would it not help to tell someone if you are sad or depressed? I went through a period where I was unhappy and hated happiness. People who were happy were my enemy and looking back at that point in life, all I can do is shake my head. The people around me definitely thought I was a psychopath and some deep rooted problems. Why would anyone hate or be mad at people that are happy? I feel like there are a growing number of people that are currently in that mindset I had and that is sad to know.
Starting with the people closest to you, ask them if they are happy. If they aren’t, ask them what is preventing them from their happiness. Just be there for them and let them vent and hopefully they will realize that all they need to do is choose to be happy. After the people closest to you, ask people that aren’t as close until you are asking strangers. Be a positive influence in the lives of others. We live a short life so lets be as happy as we can be for as long as we can.
Have a great week 🙂 !