On Following the Pursuit of Happiness

You’ve heard the term in the Declaration of Independence. If you’re a Kid Cudi fan, you know he has a song entitled “Pursuit of Happiness.” Or if you’re a movie buff, you know of the Will Smith movie, “Pursuit of Happyness.” But what does the pursuit of happiness really mean?
Well, no one actually knows. It’s been interpreted in so many different ways that’s it’s hard to describe exactly what it means. Pursue what you think will make you happy. Duh. But what will make you happy?

That, dear reader, is up to you and only you. You decide your own happiness because happiness is subjective. In college, it can be kind of hard to determine what will bring you joy. Some people enjoy the stereotypical college party scene, some people love having movie nights in their rooms, some people are content with being alone, and others want to delve into the city life. There are so many different ways for you to be happy that you should never feel obligated to have to do something you don’t want to do. One of the great things about college is you’re never alone. You’ll never be the only person that doesn’t want to drink, or the only person who is drinking, or the only person who is staying in on a Friday or Saturday night.

It can be hard to not follow or want to do what everyone else is doing, but you should find your path. That’s what college is all about! One of the best pieces of advice that I received was from one of my cousins who said “If you miss out on something good because of others, you’ll be the only one hurting while their lives go on as usual.” Never let others judge your decisions or discourage you from doing what you want.

There is not one idea of happiness that everyone is supposed to abide by. You should never feel like you’re doing something wrong because you’re not doing what everyone else is doing.


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