Forgive the interruption in book reviews, but with the beginning of a new year, I thought now would be a good time to share a thought:
A friend asked me recently why I was always so happy, and how did it seem like I had a perpetually good mood? I would have been flattered if she hadn't seemed so annoyed by that fact. My answer was easy:
Because I choose to be. It beats the alternative. This sparked a huge debate on whether or not you can choose to be happy, or if things have to be just so in your life... stars aligned and all that jazz. We agreed to disagree. So, who would’ve thought that the next day, I would come across such inspiring words on an angsty teen drama? Thank you, One Tree Hill and writer of Julian’s lines. Couldn’t have said it better myself:
Julian: People get lost when they think of happy as a destination. We're always thinking that some day, we'll be happy when we get that car or that job or that person in our lives that will fix everything, but happiness is a mood and it's a condition, not a destination. It's like being tired or hungry. It's not permanent. It comes and goes, and that's okay. I feel like if people thought of it that way, they'd find happiness a lot more often.
Brooke: You think it's okay to be a little miserable every now and then?
Julian: Is it okay to be a little hungry every now and then?
Happiness is a mood not a destination.
So here’s to choosing to find happiness in the every day little things, not sweating the big stuff so much, and being okay with the not-so-happy-days.