The Road to Happiness

Eveyone’s end goal is always retirement, right?
You go to school for 22 to 28 years, then work for another 35 to 44 years. Then you can start enjoying life at 65.

I think people have this concept all wrong. By 65, you probably can’t hike that hill anymore, can’t golf as much, can’t scuba dive, and can’t party. Your body at 65 is a lot different than a 45 year old version of you. And for some people, they save all their money, and sadly don’t make it to 65.

When I was 38, I had chest pains so bad, I thought I was going to die. That’s when I realized that life can be cut short anytime. Since then, I lived my years like it was my last one.

When I was young, I have always aimed at becoming rich someday. Now, I don’t care about money as much. Experiences, adventures, friendships, charities, kindness and happiness are the core values I strive for. (Not always successful, but I always aim for them).

My mother, a planner, constant worrier and the most frugal woman I know, always worried about me. “What will happen to you when I pass?” She would always say that. And now, my sisters ask me the same question . “I will be fine,” I assured them.

Though money is important, always remember that when you pass away, no one cares about what car you drove, but they would remember how you many times you made them laugh, how you made them
feel, and how much time you spent together.

I have learned from the Dalai Lama that one’s goal in life should not be to be rich, but to be happy. And the only way you get there is through contentment.

Happiness is not just a fleeting emotion, but an essential aspect of our well-being. It is the fuel that propels us forward, giving us the strength to overcome challenges and embrace life’s joys. Striving to be happy is not a selfish pursuit. When we prioritize our own happiness, we become better equipped to spread positivity and make a meaningful impact on the world.

Remember that happiness is not a destination to be reached, but a journey to be embraced, and let us strive for it with unwavering determination and gratitude.