I have a friend who’s going through a difficult period right now. We had a long conversation over the phone last week, and she asked me these questions:
Are you happy?
Do you feel fulfilled?
Here are the answers I gave her, and my point of view related to these two issues, that I’m sure everyone asks themselves at least once in their lives and would probably like to ask others, too.
First of all, I don’t believe there’s such a thing as absolute happiness. I don’t think there’s any human on this planet who is a hundred percent happy, no matter who or where they are.
Secondly, feeling fulfilled in life is like the feeling of fullness after a meal: you get hungry after a few hours. Life is not about reaching a destination; it’s a journey, an open road in front of you. You discover, learn and adjust on this path you walk on. And that’s part of its beauty.
If there were a certain destination that if reached, would give us a permanent and constant feeling of happiness and fulfillment, that destination would soon become just a static place from where you’d want to move on and escape. Because we, humans, need to continue to grow, evolve and discover.