Monday, October 6, 2014

What's With All The Happy?

I get a bunch of inquiries as to why my blog is what it is and why my slogan has become, “Choose happy.” Obviously, from one of my first posts you can see that venturing on this journey was a clear choice: do it or don’t. I’ve believed for quite some time now that happiness is not a destination, it’s a state of being. People can often get wrapped up in unhappiness and think that happiness is a place that they have to get to. Happiness is the journey. It’s not some magical land where all of your problems are solved and everyone eats cake all day. Happiness is a choice, if you ask me. Every day I wake up, I choose what mood I’m going to be in. I can choose to hit the snooze button, skip the gym and fall back into my old self or I can choose happy and get up, lace up and sweat. I realize that I’m annoying and sound like an anti-depression commercial but my life is comprised of a series of choices and I’m always trying to choose the best side. So, am I a ray of sunshine and happy all of the time? HA! No way. Those of you who see or talk to me every day are witness. But I do consciously try to be better than I was yesterday and not let a bad day turn to a bad week. 

Accomplishing my goals and following my dreams will be woven with happiness. Of all the words I could pick to describe what can define a life—fortune, fame, family, friends, beauty, health, marriage, kids, blissful, wonderful, exciting, adventurous, thrilling, etc.—I chose happy. If I can have all these words then I will be happy. Happy is my all-encompassing. Audrey Hepburn famously said, “I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.” I’m with Audrey on that one. Life is too short to waste on things that don’t make you sublimely happy. It’s not entirely true to say that old Sarah was totally unhappy, either. She was happy on the surface but under all her squishy layers was a pretty sad girl.

This weight loss is just step one on my journey. There are still many goals and dreams to check off the to-do list for the life of Sarah. I can’t give them all away now as that would be no fun. I will continue to crave, chase and choose happiness. I genuinely hope you do the same. Cue Pharrell.

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