Someone who I recently met asked me while we were talking about our careers if I was happy, I was about to say ‘yes’. But in that moment I got lost in my thoughts and I started asking myself about happiness.
What is happiness? …. according to Aristotle “In all natural beings there is a tendency to reach a goal: happiness”. I won’t denied this because I think it’s true, but how do we know if we are on the right path to reach it?
A friend of mine told me that he/she wasn’t “happy” “accomplished” after he/she ended his/her career, and also told me to think over about mine. I’ve been having an existential crisis about what I’m doing, about my future, and about the decisions, I made after that conversation. Because sometimes I don’t feel completely sure if I’m doing the right thing. I don’t want to experience the same feeling after finishing my career.
This is the first time that I try to play two different games at the same time, attending to English Translation and also Law School. I love both, and I’m doing pretty well in both careers…. but I know things will be harder. First complication: schedule.
After getting my feedback at Law School, I felt wonderful. Many people told me that I was not going to be able to do it, but I did. And it made me feel even more confident than what I used to be. I realised for now that most of the time we confuse happiness with great moments that are provided by our daily lives, we confuse happiness with pleasure…and so on.
I also realised how ambitious human can be. I mean once we reach our little goals we feel great, but it’s just a moment of ecstasy that will be gone before we know it, and then we feel empty because now we need to find something else to reach so that we can feel that way again.
In conclusion, I don’t know if I’m on the right path, nobody knows because at some point it’s a matter of faith. Happiness is hard to reach and that’s our purpose of being alive. We will know what it is at the end of the trip.