Create Your Own Happiness
This past week, I was in a bit of a post-grad slump. Probably fueled by social media and wondering where my future will bring me. Writing this post now, I am reminded by my 18-year old self embarking on my college adventure, feeling very similar. Social media has a way of contorting reality and making people wonder if they are living their lives in the "best way."
Starting out college, I wondered if I was having as much fun as high school friends. I questioned if I was doing college right, meaning if I was living up to how the media portrayed college. I built up college so much in my mind, that it shouldn't have been a surprise that I was disappointed. I walked around my campus everyday unhappy and confused. I felt as if I was strange for not liking college and being away from home. It wasn't until I stopped caring how other people were living their lives and focused on doing things that I love, that I started really enjoying college and making it into a home away from home.
As a junior in college, I remember I started to think about what life would be like after college. I wondered if the transition from college to the "real world" would be easy or difficult. I thought that maybe there would be a period of transition like there was when I started college.
Well, I can say that I am in that period of transition right now. Some days have been easier than others. However, I have noticed that I've been comparing myself to others. Once I realized that and its effect on my mood, I thought that it was up to me to create my own happiness.
I think that it is important to focus on doing the things that make you the happiest. Stop caring so much about what other people are doing and devote time to finding new hobbies you enjoy, reading, discovering music, and planning for your amazing future. One day, everything will make sense, so just enjoy the adventure.