WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU CAN BE NORMAL?
We live in a world where happiness is a goal that everyone is trying to achieve, just like how the philosopher’s stone used to be in the past. People just seem to be convinced that happiness will solve all of their problems, will make their friendships last, clear their skin, make them gain more followers, make them skinnier and sooo on, basically turn that boring pot of metal that is their life into gold – priceless and irreplaceable. Happiness is used so frequently in songs, movies, books, daily conversation, to the point that it has completely lost its meaning or importance. These days, people just want to be happy, but what the heck is happy? Why does everyone want it?
If you think of it this way, Jeanette Winterson’s question is actually genius. Why be happy when you can be normal? Let me explain. Chasing happiness is just the cruel realization that you are, in fact, not happy. This realization will then send you in a continuous loop of questions, self deprecation and so on, until you end up being even more unhappy with yourself than before you realized you wanted a change. Now, this sounds depressing, right? So where am I going with this? The message that I am trying to get across is that happiness is a passing emotion, it is versatile and it could go away in just a second. Happiness should not be a goal or a standard in anyone’s life, because being continuously happy is simply impossible. Instead, try being content with the normality that life offers you. Take a deep breath, look around, admire the life, the people, that old building across the street, the pigeons wandering around, anything. Appreciate the cold air of the early morning, the awesome colors of the sky when the sun is setting. Be thankful for who you are, for what you are going through. Be thankful for your existence, because that is a wonder in itself.
So, for the last time, quoting Jeanette Winterson, I’m asking “Why be happy when you can be normal?” Do not get caught in the crowd that’s collectively running towards something. Slow down and admire the trip rather than waiting for the destination, because this is what makes the difference.
“I’ll let go of your hand now
I know I’m all mine”
“It’s alright, only I am my own salvation”
“I don’t want to be sad anymore
I could see the sunshine”
“I can overcome all my pain without you”
“I’m feeling just fine
I’ll keep telling it to myself
Even if I fall again
Audio: BTS- “I’m fine”; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwvMCYd7qv0