HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE -
SO IS BEING BRAVE.

Do you want to become the best version of YOU?

Great comic by Gavin Aung Than depicting Henry David Thoreau’s quote on happiness.

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Image by Gavin Aung Than/ zen pencils

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Everyone of us will go through a difficult time in our lives. A time where the pain and sadness feels unbearable. A time where we are tired of everything. A time where we just want to give up.

A lot of people are feeling this pain right now; my family, my friends, and millions of people around the world. It is disheartening. If you know someone who is having a difficult time right now, I want you to pass this message to them:

Remember that the pain, the sadness, or whatever feeling that is keeping you down – will not last. You can get through this because I know you can.

If you can get through that pain, that discomfort, that sadness, you will come out a stronger person. We are all in this game of life together, so give people faith when they are at the toughest stages.

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You always suck at first

In everything you do in life, it is going to be hard in the beginning. After accumulating more experience, it will get better. But I guarantee you that it will be hard at first.

Life is dull without trying new things – but so many of us are afraid to so. Every time we try something new, we get discouraged because we suck at it. It is discouraging cause we are good at one thing, but suck when we try something new out. This feeling of being inadequate, embarrassed, or frustrated becomes a memory that resurrects itself every time we are deciding to do something new and exciting. The memory causes us to be fearful and hesitant in seeking out new experiences.

You always suck at first

When I skied for the first time – I sucked. I was falling down all the time and I even had to sit out for the second half of the day because my legs were exhausted, from doing the ‘pizza‘ down every run. The next day, my body was so sore that I had to roll out of bed. At that time I was pretty sure I would never be good at skiing.

But the second time I went skiing, I thought of it like everything else in life, it is hard in the beginning until it gets better later. The first time you tried to walk, it was hard. Even though you fell countless times, you walk like it is nothing now. The first time you tried to tie your shoe, it was hard. No matter how many times you failed to make that loop, you now tie your shoe in mere seconds. When you first tried to ride the bike, it was hard. The bumps or scrapes didn’t stop you. Now you ride like a boss.  The first time you went to the gym, it was hard. You didn’t know exactly what to do. Machines and rep ranges were foreign to you in the beginning – but now they are part of your master plan. Your first interview was a wreck. You were probably super nervous or unprepared. Now, interviews are just part of a process.

Over time you can learn how to be better at anything. So don’t be afraid to try new things because you will suck at it. We all suck at first anyways.

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The way that our society is structured and how it reinforces us to only set our minds to reaching that goal or finish point is troubling. This is because we have an expectation of achieving happiness when we do reach that goal. The goals that we readily create – health, beauty, entertainment, and money – are only valued because of this expectation.

Society has made us so goal-oriented that the process and steps of reaching the goal is thought as unfair, difficult, or brutal. But in reality, happiness was always available before getting to the finish point – it was all in the process. Because society rarely rewards progression, we stopped appreciating and valuing it.

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