This post is the first part of a series on Being Happy. Links to the other posts in this series are at the end of the post.
If you’ve read my “About Me” then you know that a couple of years ago I had a job that I wasn’t happy with and that lead to the bad review and then to my current life. What you don’t know is that about three years prior to that I was in a slightly less stressful job (same company) and very, very unhappy. There are a couple of common factors between both situations, but the important one is me.
In this story there was no bad review or one single event that led me to decide that something needed to change. At some point I realized that I wasn’t happy and I really wanted to be. Happy was a destination that had free time, plenty of sleep, exercise and healthy food. I had no idea how to get there. My schedule was too full, there was too much work and commuting and other responsibilities to have any additional time for anything.
I thought someone else had probably figured out how to be happy. So, I searched online for anything that would give me the magic pill that would make me happier (because everything is on the internet, right?). Of course, I didn’t find a magic pill, but I did find a couple of blogs that really spoke to me and made sense. I checked those blogs multiple times a day, waiting for the next post that would surely tell me everything I needed to do in three easy steps to be happier.
I’m sure you can guess that I’m still waiting for those three easy steps. Life generally doesn’t work that way. I did learn things that slowly lead to me being happier.
The next few blog posts will be some of those things that I learned or steps I took that pulled me from the hole I felt like I was in and into the sun.