Tom Cruise celebrates life, love and happiness
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” My dad told me once I just can’t be happy. I think dealing with me generally, his emotional child (of 3) has always been a challenging for him. But more than that, being the oldest, I’m the most competitive and driven and have been so in my parenting, at work and in relationships. I say I want to be happy but more often than not, I end up complaining, worrying, working harder (not smarter, necessarily) in hopes of reaching that elusive “happy place”. Sometimes I wonder, “Do I really want to be happy?” Or is the striving to be better, to be noticed, to rise, to achieve….essentially that journey, my happiness? I think happiness is defined differently by people. I used to believe that the people, like my husband, who are mellow, satisfied, chill, are happy people. And maybe they are. But I’m not built like that and though striving for more peace and tranquility in life is surely a good thing, I would not be “happy” just being. I always want to be more or be doing more. If I have one degree, I want a higher degree. If I have one title at work, I want a higher title. If I make this much money, I want to make more. Essentially, we are on a journey toward or away from happiness. But who is to say the journey in the making isn’t one person’s happiness, even if there is no clear and defined goal, even if the person seems to be unhappy in the process at times… It sure would be nice, in the end, to be Tom Cruise happy, though, wouldn’t it?