Another year – and it is the same old story. The familiar Square One where we know how much money we want to make, where we want to travel, and how we want to look. Now, all that’s required is putting it down on paper and getting to work on it.
If only it was that simple.
In reality, it is difficult to stick to our New Year resolutions.
Whether we want to call it resolutions or by another hip name on social media, we place these choices in our box of “happiness“.
Sometimes, it can be a choice that only an independent mother would understand. Other times, we just need change in general.
The key reason we choose these objectives, whether big or small, is because we believe that it will make us happy.
This is the beauty of life. When it is all said and done, we feel much better than we did the year before. If that is truly the case, I ask
can we place a price tag on our happiness?
In this day and age, everything can come with a price tag. It is true that you can change almost anything you want on this earth with the right amount of money. It can be something as small as establishing a healthier diet or a little more extreme, like nose plastic surgery. Each scenario has its own meaning, depending on the person.
But, does it really equate to happiness?
Is it possible to pay for a feeling?
In 2016, the roads in life have become a little more difficult to navigate.
The way a majority of people live is artificial. Either everything is packaged and easily accessible instantly or requires a lifelong commitment that doesn’t seem to be realistic.
In either circumstance, where is the source of happiness? We have to question where we transition from.
A large part of life happens online. It seems like in a span of twenty years, we have created a world within a world. The way we communicate, how we are informed, and most of the decisions that we make, all stem from here. This small, yet enormous digital world has altered life as we know it at the same time, altering the beauty of life.
But, has it truly altered our happiness?
Have we changed so much that happiness is now just a by-product? In some ways, it appears as though it is no longer an emotion. It is simply an item. I can order happiness, when I need it. We have almost totally digitized our lives. We have tuned our emotions to how we spend and what we buy. Joy or pain is ignited, when one buys or sells. It doesn’t seem to be natural anymore. Is this happiness? Must we pay the price?
I have realized that I’m happy with who I am, the way I am. If the beauty of life and everything good in it, including happiness, must come with a price tag, I’m not always willing to pay.