Growing up my dad used to tell me “you make your own happiness” and “it’s your choice to be happy or not” and literally that would DRIVE ME INSANE. If I was already mad you better believe I was livid now. How could I be happy when the world around me was being so cruel? When kids at school were being mean? And ultimately when my life was ending…well…at least that’s what I thought.
But you know, now that I’m, ehhem, 24 I get what he was saying. I really do. And it makes me smirk thinking about all those times I would scream at him and tell him otherwise. But, you really do make your own happiness and you are in control of your life. No one else can or should have that kind of power over you to ruin your day and you shouldn’t let them even if they try.
“Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you”- Ralph Marston