The Pursuit of Happiness

By | August 15, 2013

We all go through life wanting happiness. We pursue it, but what is it? I guess it depends on where you find happiness. People go through their lives in the pursuit of happiness, bouncing from one thing to another that makes them happy at the time, but in saying that, are we ever truly happy?

It’s written in the Declaration of Independence that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

There is a song by 360 called Subtle Way of Suicide and part of a verse is “Yo, I remember being raised on what real life is, I’ve got a Wife, kids, a job but still feel like shit, and yeah I got a job, but I want more”. Now, where do I find happiness? What is it that I am in pursuit of? Do we get comfortable with what we have and stop pursuing that happiness? I don’t think so.

I have a lovely Wife, we’ve had some rough times, and great times. When I have needed her she has always been there for me. I have 5 amazing kids, which at times can be very crazy, but within our crazy family there is always happiness and fun times. I have a full time job, earning more that I thought I would without finishing year 12 or going to University. My Wife is studying her second Degree at University. So I can honestly say I am happy. I’m comfortable with where I am at, but still, I am in the pursuit of happiness.

This isn’t to say that I am not happy, believe me I am quite happy with everything that I have. It is however the human condition to want more, to pursue more. I believe we always have that need to improve ourselves, accomplish more and gain more knowledge within ourselves. It’s our drive within us, we complete a task, accomplish it then we set another goal to achieve.

So I guess, when push comes to shove, we are happy with what we have achieved, but does the pursuit ever end? Why do we feel the need to accomplish more when we are happy with what we have? I believe that is why us as humans are such a complex being. I know what I am in pursuit of, and when I get it, I know there will be something more that I want.

What do you think?