Pursuit of Happiness
A pursuit of happiness. My pursuit of happiness. The pursuit of happiness. I remember this film by Will Smith and his son Jaden. The first time I came across it I didn’t give myself the opportunity to like it because I was stereotyped. Prior to that my brother would gather these motivational videos featuring many inspiring people including the aforementioned actor. You know those clips where the invigorated characters lace up their running shoes sitting on some steps and take off with a voice meant for the purpose echoing in the background "Never give up, your dreams will come true" and stuffs like that. He would play lots of those clips especially the ones featuring Will Smith because he particularly like the actor. At my age then, there was nothing against being motivated but most times he would press play to piss everyone off. So when he brought that film and I saw people walking up and down a busy street I started to suspect maybe this is a longer version of all that pep talk stuff. It took years for me to sit down and watch the film. Wow. I enjoyed it. It is an inspiring movie on all counts and I learned it was an adaptaion of a book which I stumbled upon one day browsing lazily in various bookshops around town. The pursuit of Happyness. A film about how it is your right to fight for your dreams. To believe in it and strive. To hope in the face of difficulties. It is one of those films that makes me think "Dude, people made it against bigger odds with lesser resources and in more uptight sitiations." In a very inspiring speech I watched recently which contained lots of personal beliefs I heard that line again amongst other quotables "...pursuit of happiness." It took me back to those days. I researched and found out the sentence is part of the American Declaration of Independence.
"We hold this truth to be evident that all men were created equal, that they are endowned by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among this are life, liberty and pursuit of happiness."
Go figure. I guess the book and adaptation came from this passage. There are certain sayings I have heard across different cultures that negate this proclamations a bit. There are people reading this who believe in such statements but might question my own confidence in it. However it is, I strongly believe and love it. Why? I am in A Pursuit of My Happiness and I have every right to just like you do too. Conversely, I wouldn’t say I am not a happy guy. Inwardly, it ain’t that bad whether I show it or not in any circumstance, yet, there remains a constant urge to seek to the best of my abilities that which gives me happiness and utmost contendment. I try to be personal with my write-ups here as much as I can. Some who know a little about me would easily assume and summarize my entire pursuit of happiness to be tied to a particular goal or somebody or situation. To be a honest, they wouldn’t be entirely wrong. There are things I definitely hope for. I wrote this article didn’t I? But that’s the problem with knowing so little and assuming more. Happiness is probably something I should write about someday. Today, however, I am reinterating my support for this quest—the pursuit of happiness. For myself and for everyone. I love words. I can’t say much about all the usages in spoken formats especially when people are trying to be corny because recently I listen to people and for a long time ponder what the speaker actually meant. But yes, I do like when passages are constructed like the excerpt above. The speaker that reminded me about the film pronounced it with a certain conviction that drove it deep down into my heart. Man, the things we choose to be inspired by. Tenets that drive who we are. The relentless struggle to achieve the realization promised in the potentials of the better things we hope for. Things we have the right and privilege to hope for because as per the citation above every human being received this endowment from their creator.
Whatever and however you define your happiness is a personal issue only you can certify. Setting of goals I believe is what we all do by ourselves by deciding from the inside out what we really want. The attainment and the satisfaction along the way could be measured by a yardstick you determine yourself. You are the only one who see your imagintions reason people shot it down when you share if I should quote Steve Harvey. The one thing am pointing out though is that we all have that right to dream and my outlook on it is why go for little when the biggest manifestation is possible? They say the limits are only in our minds. A popular musician said the shot only bricks in our mind. There are many alternatives to the popular quote, you only miss chances you don’t take. I am big on self belief and the humble truth we can all impact the world positively. Go all the way out and change it even. My only advice is to make sure it is what you want and that it is coming from inside out because along the journey of this pursuit — Oh, boy. Oh, girl. But if it is worth it, give it your all. Ignore the critics. Most, even the successful amongst them are super insecure and projecting on you. Imagine how this world will look like if every one who made a serious impact gave up.