Let me throw a question your way. Are you happy?
Or rather, are you truly happy?
Hold on, hold on. Don’t blurt out the answer. I want you to pause for a moment, think.
Let’s Talk, Are You Happy?
Why is it that a people that appear happy on insta stories as they post their best lives is the same people battling depression and at its worst, result to taking our God-given lives and robbing our families of the warm, radiant smiles (that they fondly remember after you are no more)?
You can’t make this stuff up, and statistics are there to back it up.
According to World Health Organization: close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds! Yes, you read that right.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally.
I have made it a habit of asking my friends randomly during conversations: “Are you happy?” and I watch them as they get uneasy. One of them asked me: what do you mean? I mean just that, “are you happy?” Funny enough, I honestly don’t know if am happy or not.
Oh, I’m not kidding.
Do you ever have that intrinsic feeling where you feel like you need to do more and whatever you’re doing is not enough? Oh yes, I always do. I often feel I have too much to accomplish and no matter what I accomplish, I am not there yet. But do we ever get ‘there’?
What is there when we get ‘there’? Do we become happy or do we find some other giant to kill?
Many at times we are restless, pushing towards closing that business deal. We ignore ourselves and we don’t relent until we have that deal tied up. We tell ourselves, once this is over, I’ll be happy.
But as soon as you have that deal or win that client, you don’t stop. Or do you? You find another deal to chase. So, do we ever stop?
So is happiness contentment?
Is it a state, sense or feeling, is it a process?
What does it really mean to be happy?
This is a shout-out to all those people trying out there. They are our friends, our colleagues and our parents.
It is you and me.
Keep hanging in there. Do your best. Celebrate your little victories.
You matter. Be happy.
Because does it ever end? Does it ever stop?
Food For Thought!
I am not knowledgeable on this subject, in fact I don’t even write! You tell me, are you happy and what is happiness?
I just hope that when you’re grey and old, your eyes will light up at the memories!
Original concept inspired by Moses Kiti Saitoti.