Joy Is a Journey

Joel - Manlius, New York
Entered on December 12, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Ever lasting happiness. I believe in the never ending search for the meaning in life.

We are never really looking for “happiness” as a thing, but rather meaning in life. We search for a sense of purpose in our day to day affairs. A sense of acceptance. For some, the path is easy and quick. These people find in themselves a higher meaning. A new purpose.

When I visited Disney Land as a child I felt happy. The sights, smells, and the atmosphere of Disney made me feel at home. However, I remember feeling like something was lacking in my “Disney Experience”. So I set off on a Journey to find Micky Mouse. It was going to be the adventure of a lifetime. And all for a big “high five” and maybe a pat on the back. Eventually, after hours of searching, and darting from plaza to plaza. I found him. I guess to a nine year old meeting Micky Mouse is the hallmark of your life, and that made me happy.

I wonder if it was the journey that truly made me feel that way. To feel that happiness. Because when you have a hard fought journey; It’s the sense of satisfaction, accomplishment, that make you feel happy. You see when something is free it’s never as good. When it’s free, you don’t have the memory of fighting for it. Thats what makes you happy.

My point is when ever you have an obstacle enjoy it. Because next time it won’t be as hard. Next time it won’t make you as happy. Next time fight for it, and it might just make you happier in the end.

I believe in the Pursuit of Happiness, because real joy comes from the journey not the action.