Above All Else, I Believe in Happiness

Stevi - Wichita, Kansas
Entered on December 10, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I was never the kind of child who could not wait to grow up, I am the complete opposite. I love taking life slow, always taking in everything as it comes, and I never understood what the rush was to grow up. Because of my philosophy, I think I am at an advantage; I am sixteen years young, I already, I learned so much about life because I am willing to take the time to stop and watch and to learn from others. But there is one thing above all else that has proven to be true, and this, I believe, is that life is too short to be anything but happy.

Going through my childhood, it was not long before I noticed how fast time passes. When I was five, the world was in the palm of my hand, and every dream I had ever had seemed to be within my reach. But somehow, five turned to six, six turned to seven, seven turned to eight, and now, here I am, over halfway done with high school. Looking back, everything seems to be in fast forward, and I realize now that no matter how hard I tried not to, I grew up. Realizing just how much time I do not have left brings me to my biggest fear; living to be one hundred, but never really living. My fear of my life falling short of my own standards makes me all the more determined in finding what makes me truly happy.

I made countless mistakes in my life, some bigger than others, but despite everything, I still have no regrets in my life, because at one point, it is exactly what I wanted. Regret only drains you of life and contentment; I do not want to waste any of my time on dwelling over the unchangeable. My past mistakes make me delight in my happiness even more, because I found that without the sour the sweet would not taste. I am nothing but passionate about life, I rejoice in every moment I live. I am enchanted by the littlest things, I enjoy going out of my way to step on that one crunchy leaf as the leaves start falling, summer nights filled with stars, and other little things often taken for granted. I love unconditionally and with my whole heart, and I am yet to find happiness greater than this. I look at the glass half full, because when you feel you are at your lowest, there is no way to go but up. I laugh when all I want to do is cry because I would choose tears of laughter over tears of sadness any day. I believe too many people spend their lives overlooking the natural joys waiting to be found, they take life too seriously, even though none of us get out alive anyway. I have been told many times that I always seem to find happiness in life, but I believe that in reality, happiness has found me because I am always willing to take it.