Many Paths to Happiness

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

Yesterday when I asked for input about how I could improve my blog, the comment which made me think the most was from a German girl I met a few years ago in South America. She told me (very kindly) that sometimes my posts could be frustrating because it seemed to her that the only way to happiness in my eyes was my way – cycling around the world – and that sometimes it irritated her because she was happy with her life even though she isn’t currently traveling. And I couldn’t agree more. Happiness, success, and dreams are all extremely personal journeys and I certainly don’t think that everyone should begin living their life as I do (though, if you are at all tempted, feel free!).

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