“When I was 5 years old, my mother 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.”
~ John Lennon
I love this quote by John Lennon. I remember as a child feeling just like this. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would tell them, either an insectologist or a fashion designer. It mainly depended on the season, and whether or not I had been sitting in my bedroom drawing or out in the garden collecting ladybirds. But, I remember always thinking to myself "I hope I am happy when I grow up"
I was very lucky that I had a great childhood and I was a happy kid, even remaining so, throughout my parents divorce, so I don't really know why it even entered my head at such a young age that my main ambition in life should be to become a happy adult.
I have reached my goal. I don't have a lot of money, but I am rich. I am rich in love. I do buy material things, but a lot of our money after bills, tends to go on building memories with trips out etc. I always try to see the positives in a situation rather than any negatives. Even during a very stressful time in my life when my Mum passed away and my marriage broke down, I managed to pull myself up and turn my life around, making it happier than it has ever been. It wasn't easy but I did it, because I was determined to succeed at being happy.
I often think about the meaning of a happy life and it really fascinates me how people are so different in how they would describe happiness, or what it is that makes them happy.
The main thing that has made me happiest in my life is being a Mum (now a Nan too). I just love being a Mum, and now my kids are growing up and one by one flying the nest, I yearn to have them all pulling at my apron strings again.
Being happily married, a Mum and a Nan is what I love most about my life. My Family make me Happy.