Every living creature wants to be happy. Whether it is money, power or any relationship, you get into it for the sake of happiness. Some people even enjoy misery because it gives them happiness !
To be happy, we seek something. But despite getting it, we are not happy. A school-going boy may think that if he goes to college, he will be more independent, free and therefore happy. If you ask a college-going boy whether he is happy, he feels that if he gets a job, he will be happy. Talk to somebody who is settled in their job or business, you already know what he will say! He is waiting to get a perfect soul mate, to be happy. He gets a soul mate, but he now wants a kid to be happy. Ask those who have children if they are happy. How can they relax until the children have grown up and have had a good education and are on their own. Ask those who are retired, are they happy? They long for the days when they were younger.
All of one's life is spent in preparing to be happy someday in the future. It's like making a bed all night, but having no time to sleep.
How many minutes, hours and days have we spent our life being happy from within - Those are the only moments you have really lived life. Those were perhaps the days when you were a small kid, completely blissful and happy or a few moments when you were surfing, swimming or sailing or on a mountain top, living in the present and enjoying it.
There are two ways of looking at life. One is thinking that, "I'll
be happy after achieving a certain objective." The second is saying that "I am happy come what may!"
Which one do you want to live?