“I vowed to find happiness…or die trying” ~ Scott Stoll
Drugs: toted as the shortcut to happiness, but if the purpose of life is the journey, if the secret to happiness is enjoying the scenery along the way, why would you want to cut your happiness short?
Alas, ours is not a black and white world, is it, Lance ?
What if we could live happily ever after? What if we are right now on the evolutionary track that allows our descendants to experience life as one magical epiphany after another? What if the raw biological capacity to experience happiness is nothing more than a series of chemical reactions and we discovered a way to engineer ‘happier’ brains? Would you do it? Aren’t we all?
Despite the many spectacularly incompetent routes to a life time of happiness, there is one that works. Why do most of us bypass it?
Because Google maps cannot list the way from point A to point B in 27 simple steps which include jet skiing across the Pacific Ocean, because scientists and gardeners alike cannot manufacture an effective rabbit hole pill that does not involve voluntary amnesia or can satisfy our re-regulating synapses that demand more with each hit, and mostly, because we don’t have enough time.
There are an infinite number of doorways leading into utopia and only one of them will work for you. Life is short; who wants to spend it twisting doorknobs?
Let me ask you this… what else were you planning on doing with your life? Your answer to that might be the first place you’ll want to start looking for your portal because no matter what your answer was,there is your next happiness hit.
Because although the secret to happiness is the same for everyone, your interpretation is as unique as you. The secret is you; and in the grand way of secrets, no-one else can tell you how to follow your heart, find your bliss, enjoy the ride despite the falls, and basically ignore all the locked doors taunting you. Maybe you have to build your own door. What would it look like? What is on the other side? Is it possible that when you walk through that door, you will find yourself in exactly the same place and all that changed was your point of view?
“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we’ll never use.” ~ Charles Schultz
Perhaps the only thing limiting us from the same happiness potential of future generations is … ____________. Seriously, what is stopping you?
Happiness is a drug. We are all drug addicts willing to try anything, spend anything, beg, borrow and steal from anyone to get more. Here is my 3 step program:
Step 1 – What would you be doing with your time on earth if you’d already found your doorway?
Step 2 – What is stopping you from doing that now?
Step 3 – Start twisting.
If you have not yet read, ‘The Apology Lance Armstrong Will Never Give“, do it now.
If you have not yet watched, “Falling Uphill“, do it now.
It will take you about 5 minutes to do both of these things. What else have you got to do?
So…it has come to this !
“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.” ~ Lance Armstrong
And worrying is like riding a rocking horse…gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere. Or so I’ve ben told.
- Itchy feet – 4 out of 5 (worried I wouldn’t find a good topic)
- Twitch – it’s not random…it’s there
- Happy hour – 5 out of 5 (loved it so much I am posting this blog out of order)
What the heck does all that mean, you ask? Read Itchy Feet Explained.
Tomorrow: Do It All (Day 82). Use the calendar to view my happiness tasks for each day along with a brief description of the task and why I chose it.