I Believe In Doing What Makes You Happy
This past summer I learned what I believed in
And that’s to be happy.
For the first time ever I was truly happy
And I didn’t want anyone or anything to get in my way.
I was part of a fourth of July festival in El Cerrito that has been going on to 11 or so years now
And every year it becomes more and more amazing.
You couldn’t even imagine how much time and love has to gone into this
Sweat and tears rolling down your face
Knowing how many people are going to show up and enjoy themselves
To have people come up to you and tell you that this is one of the most amazing things that they have seen
Well, it’s a great satisfaction.
There was a small group of us that helped
And it was a small family by the end
We would spend days going over plans and working out last minute ideas
Our days were spent outside working hard and laughing even harder.
But that’s what it was about
To have fun and to be happy
This is where I learned that I should do what makes me happy
Coming away from this festival was sad
But I also remembered that there were going to be more to come
We would expand and tweak things here and there
And more and more people would come.
We brought everyone together
Even if it was only for a few hours.
We brought a little bit from everyone into this festival
It was an amazing feeling and I didn’t want to let it go
And I won’t let it go
After the festival,
I did everything I normally did
But I was happier than I have ever been before.
It took me a while to understand why I was so happy.
What I have realized,
It’s that only you,
That can make you happy.
How many times has someone other than yourself made you happy?
Quite a few, right?
But also, think, how long after that did you stay happy
Before you had to find someone else to make you happy in anyway.
Why would I want to rely on anyone other than myself
For true happiness?
What I want you to realize
Is that being happy is key
I get to control it
No one else
Only I can take it away from myself.
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