When we were young life was easier. Sometimes it seems that way. But the truth is that life is still easy. The only difference is that we are older and the older we get the harder we make things for ourselves.
You see, when we were young we saw the world through simple, hopeful eyes. We knew what we wanted and we had no biases or concealed agendas. We liked people who smiled. We avoided people who frowned. We ate when we were hungry, drunk when we were thirsty and slept when we were tired. We were never afraid to say what we wanted or ask for something. We never stopped to think of the what if's.
As we grew older, our minds became gradually disillusioned by negative external influences. At some point we began to hesitate and question our instincts. When a new obstacle or growing pain arose, we stumbled and fell down. This happened several times. Eventually we decided we didn't want to fall again but rather than solving the problem that caused us to fall, we avoided it all together.
We allowed fear to rule our destiny. Our careers got stuck because of fear of failure. We were not able to secure good relationships because of fear of being broken. We assigned negative intent to people's innocent actions. Your friend never texted you back, you took it as a personal insult-a slap on the face. We got stuck on our mistakes, we let loss devour us, we kept taking the easy way out. What stands between us and true happiness, huh?
As a result we started holding grudges, playing mind games and deceiving others. We locked ourselves in the house. We slept for more than 8 hours but we still had no strength to pull that blanket off our faces. We drunk alcohol to numb our wounds and fill our voids. And when it didn't work out, we lived above our means, used lies to cover up lies, drunk some more just to make ourselves feel better again.
If you are nodding your head to this then you understand the need for 'getting back to happy'.
It's time to bring your inner childhood back from limbo. It's time to let happiness and positivity fill your life. A happy successful life, after all, is not a life absent of problems, but one that has been able to rise above them.
Do you need to let go of a failed relationship? Do you need to forgive someone? Do you need to get to terms with the death of a loved one? Life is full of loss but in a sense, true happiness would not be possible without it. It helps us appreciate the good times. It helps us grow.
Don't be afraid to push yourself forward, take a leap of faith into that new relationship. Do the right thing even when no one else will know. Why? Because YOU will know. Let today be the day that you look for the good in people. Let today be the day that you smile more, laugh more, live more and love more.
To your happiness and all that it can bring.