A vast number of people are convinced that the point of life is happiness, and that what we all really want is to just be happy. Of course, happiness is awesome, but there’s something even deeper than that. Fulfillment. You see, happiness will always fluctuate. Life happens. A constant of anything, no matter how pleasant, will eventually become stale.
We don’t need to be happy all the time, we need to be fulfilled. There’s a huge difference. You see, when you’re living an authentic life based on your passions, you are fulfilled. You are also often happy, and probably much happier than most people. You also face intense challenges and obstacles, and sometimes it’s very difficult.
During those moments, the emotions you are experiencing are probably not best described as “happy”. By facing and dealing with those challenges as part of your journey of living your passions, you will feel fulfilled, happy or not.
There will always be new challenges to face, improvements to make, growth to experience and things to resolve. Many of them will not be easy. There’s no end point to our growth. There’s always more to learn, more processing to be done, and more potential to exemplify. There’s no point at which you are done and “complete”.
In fact, I think that having nothing left to learn would make a lot of people quite unhappy.
Happiness is a side effect of fulfillment, but we don’t get fulfillment by happiness alone.
If you instead pursue fulfillment through identifying and making a living through that which you are intensely passionate about, then happiness will follow. By pursuing happiness alone for its own sake, you will often find yourself unfulfilled.
© 2015 William Suphan
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