I Believe In Doing What Makes You Happy

Grey - El Cerrito, California
Entered on September 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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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

Just me

Only I can take it away from myself.