In my life, I’ve remained steadfast in my artistic pursuit, which has been fraught with setbacks and has left me in a state of constant fiscal uncertainty.
I’ve gotten really good at supporting myself with very little financial certitude.
As I get older, speaking to friends of mine, it seems like a pretty consistent thing that many of them are sad or depressed or anxious, while they also retain really great, steady jobs that I’m in awe of.
I’ve gotten many nice compliments; it’s inspiring to see someone who hasn’t stopped focusing on something they love in the face of really bad odds. It’s never bothered me. Over the years, I’ve inadvertently turned into a backyard psychologist, speaking with many of these same career-driven friends about their deepest, darkest fears.
I never really clued in as to why I was a sudden pillar of mental strength, but I think it’s got a lot to do with the mantra featured in this article.
Long ago, I’d resigned myself to not expecting success, but instead to enjoy the process of my attempts to be creative and try to make a living off of it. The process is rewarding enough that I don’t stress over my lack of overall success, and I think ultimately coming to that level of confidence is what’s made me a much more centred person.
My question was how do they quantify a person's pursuits to be directed at "happiness" specifically.
I suppose this is the answer although imo still fairly subjective:
*"Happiness is positive and, as a result, can be seen as a goal insofar as people actively work toward the continued experience of such positivity "*
I'd then ask if the feeling of time constraint is simply a result of someone attempting to fill their days with more actionable goals, and why is it supposedly inherently bad to feel the pressures of time?
I think it's healthy to have some amount of urgency in one's life, as it is far too short anyway.