Life is a constant search for what is next.
My vision is always fixed on wanting to be “happy”.
But many times I feel like I fall short of what I want to feel.
I realize that the better word to describe what I’m searching for is “peace”.
Let me explain.
There are a lot of things that can make us temporarily happy/joyful in life.
But simply feeling “happy” is not enough for me.
Happiness is simply defined as “feeling pleasure”, and that feeling comes and goes as much as the wind.
Joy is defined as “a feeling of great pleasure”.
So, to me, joy is just a greater, rarer form of happiness.
Joy is great, but it also comes and goes.
Peace is defined as “freedom from disturbance” and “a state in which there is no more war. War has ended.”
Peace is the ultimate achievement.
I go through days where I bounce from happiness, to sadness, to anger, to joy, and everything in between.
The state of being at peace is a state in which I strive to find and stay in.
I know happiness will come.
I know sadness will come.
I know there will be trials.
I know there will be victories.
If I can obtain a state of peace where I am free from the wars I fight within myself every single day, the wars I fight with the world around me, and I can accept everything as it comes in life, I don’t think I could be in a better place.
It’s not just about being free completely from the battles of life, because those will come…
It’s about knowing that you are fighting the right battles and that everything will be okay.
If you have been in a state of peace before, you know that greater, fulfilling feeling that it provides. It trumps anything else.
What does that look like for each of us?
What does that feel like for each of us?
How does each of us obtain peace in our own lives?
It’s a different road to peace for all of us.
I challenge all of us to stay on that road, despite how tough it may be at times.
The paths to get where we are looking to go are all built differently, as we are all so different.
However, the ending feeling is shared.
It all feels the same:
Runaway // Kanye West