Thomas Jefferson wrote about it in the Declaration of Independence.
Christopher Gardner wrote about it in a book that became an award winning movie.
A friend texted me at midnight, "I'm glad you've found happiness."
In the movie of the same name, Will Smith as Christopher Gardner says, "And I remember thinking how did he [Jefferson] know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it."
But is there truly a pursuit to happiness? Can we actually have it or do we really have to pursue it? I don't think it's a pursuit. Sure, happiness can be a lifelong journey, but if you spend your whole life looking for it, you'll be disappointed.
Happiness isn't having everything you dreamed you would. It isn't leading a perfect life. It isn't being a perfect person. Perfection is impossible to achieve. Happiness, I believe, is. It's a culmination of all of those things that make us who we are and what gets us out of bed in the morning.
I am pursuing a Master of Education degree in a field that appeals to me more than I realized. I'm employed by the university I attend. My job is nowhere near perfect. I feel burned out by it on some days, but it has its rewarding days, though. I have an awesome family. My friends are absolutely wonderful.
I'm dating the most incredible guy in the world, who I love more than anything. My life is nowhere near perfect, but knowing that there are people in my life who care about me as much as I care about them, support my ventures, and are there for me as I am for them...
That's happiness. It's not having the best of everything, it's making the best of what is given and appreciating it.