Philosopher Plato once stated that “The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily.”
At a certain point in our budding adult lives, it is easy to presume and contemplate the idea of what can really fulfill our lives; this can go along the spectrum of finding our passions/purpose, pursuing a better education, being secured in our careers and relationship with God, then soon desiring marriage and a future family. So what happens when we ask ourselves the simple question: what is true happiness?
Happiness isn’t something that is tangible, happiness is simply being content of who are and where you are at. Being present is the most important mindset to pursue when wanting to enjoy the “candid moments” that can never be duplicated. In addition, your happiness shouldn’t be defined by others. Let your definition of happiness be based from your experiences, intentional conversations, unique mindset, and inevitably loving those who support you. Your life is fulfilling by simply believing that it is by placing thoughts of encouragement, love, and affirmations onto yourself.
Also realizing the fact that as individuals, we are constantly changing for the better should always be a sigh of relief. Happiness is a sign of accepting that you are evolving mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This can go beyond the realms of accepting mistakes and simply having peace with the past. Your past no longer defines you, what you do now affects your tomorrow. Look back only to be grateful by how much you’ve changed, and grown rather than resent what once “was”.
Lastly, seeking purpose and happiness is by self-examination, and having the willpower to be transformed. Your value is founded as you are flourishing into the person God created you to be. In the college context, let your knowledgeable ambitions guide your soul to shine through the work that you do. Let your college experience be a season of self-discovery in a way where you can learn to be unapologetically yourself. Be raw. Be you. Love yourself as much as God loves you.