We convince ourselves that life will be better when we have a
baby or another one. When we finally get what we thought we
wanted, we find ourselves exhausted. Then, we conclude we will
be more content when the children are older.
Only, they do get older. Then, we have teenagers to deal with.
Surely, happiness will come once they have outgrown that stage.
But, no, wait. They leave the nest.
We tell ourselves that life will be complete when our spouse
gets their act together, when we get a nicer car, when we get a
raise, when we have grandchildren, or when we are able to go on
a nicer vacation.
The truth is, there is no better time to be happy than right
now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with
challenges. It is best to admit this to yourself and decide to
be happy anyway.
There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So,
treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because
you shared it with someone special enough to share your time
with; and remember that time waits for no one.
Stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to
school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds,
until you start work, until you retire, until you get married,
until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday
morning, until you get a new home, until your home is paid off,
until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you
get approved for disability, until you are off welfare, until
the first or the fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you
have had a drink, until you have sobered up, until you die,
until you get to heaven to decide to be happy.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.