This has been the year for epiphanies, it seems. I have learned that turning forty is empowering (more on this another day, perhaps), that I’m extremely unqualified to give dating advice, and one more thing: I’ve got things to say about life.
Happiness, joy, life; all are things I’ve spent most of my time on this planet thinking about and working at. I’ve learned a bit, like the key to true happiness is personal responsibility. If someone else can make you happy, someone else can make you miserable. But if you make yourself happy, no one can take that away but you.
The thing is, a lot of people are scared of all that power. So they shy away from it. They buy things to fill the void. They chase after people to do it for them. And they never get it. If you don’t own all the power you have–the mistakes, the missteps, the joy, the achievements–you own nothing.
“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”