To be quite honest, I am rather upset. It is nearly two in the morning and I was just woken up in my sleep by an anxiety attack after only an hour if being in my peaceful slumber that happens to be my only escape from my anxiety.
I guess what I’m trying to say is “I’m anxious, grumpy, and tired and if this post seems particularly sleepy and lazy it’s because I am”.
I have been thinking a little bit about this whole “happiness” thing. How you obtain it and all if that jazz. In my class the other day, we had to evaluate a quote that went somewhere along the lines of, “you do not have to be rich and famous to be happy, only rich.” After discussing the quote with a few people I still can’t help but disagree, but my sleepiness has helped me find insight.
There’s a lot of people out there who say “money doesn’t buy happiness” and I almost wonder if it’s a poor mans reassurance. I’m sure there are wealthier people who are both happy and unhappy, so you would have to assume that their income has no part in the equation.
I mentioned earlier that traveling will probably not make people happy, and that happiness is a destination you have to create within yourself. Which is kind of a depressing thought for all of the blokes out there who are quite unhappy, such as myself. But traveling does make some people happy. So why can’t money make some people happy? And exactly how selfish is that?
Other than the obvious, money can buy reassurance which is a fabulous trait to have. If you’re Gatsby rich, you really don’t have to worry about financial burdens. You live were you want to live, you drive what you want to drive, you have what you have, you can provide for your loved ones as much as you want and everything seems pretty damn well off.
Maybe the reassurance factor is enough for some people to find happiness. Financial burdens do causes lot of stress and unhappiness, and maybe by eliminating that stress and happiness, people can find a joy within.
When people go on trips, maybe the destinations don’t show them happiness, But the revelations they have during the journey make them find happiness. Trips can be quite insightful.
And if money can help a certain individual achieve happiness, is that really selfish? When do you draw the line from “treating yourself” (which everyone should do) and “being selfish”?
So many questions.