I’ve always been in search of happiness.
Whenever I could make a wish when I was a child, I would only ever wish for one thing – to be happy.
Sometimes i’d wish it for myself and other times id wish for my two big sisters, but always for the same thing – to be happy.
Despite my early focus on happiness I would find myself from time to time in such deep sadness, even as a young child I just couldn’t shake it off.
I joined gyms, learnt to meditated, breathed deeply, found yoga, did workshops. But sooner or later the sadness would catch me up again. Like a dark cloud lurking round the next corner.
A few months before my 30th birthday, I was desperate. There was nothing about my life I felt proud of, it felt like it was falling apart. I was torn between two countries with no career to speak of and nothing I was passionate about. I was lost.
All I knew was I wanted to be happy.
I had so much faith in the fact that if I felt happy in myself, truly happy, then everything else would fit into place.
I started to look again. I looked into anything and everything. If it promised happiness I was in!
There were more self help books, I even read ‘Men are from Mars women are from Venus’, which in a 1980’s sexist kind of a way was surprisingly helpful. I signed up for online courses and went to a meditation retreat – with a 24 hour vow of silence.
Nothing really made that much of a dent – but by focusing on what I enjoyed things slowly started to shift.
The one thing that changed everything, was stopping. Stopping and truly accept myself, the inside and the out.
Standing naked in front of the mirror and saying ‘I love myself’ over and over again.
As soon as I mastered that everything else fitted into place. I stopped trying to please everyone else and in that moment I was happy.