Happiness comes in many flavors.

Here’s the thing about happiness — it comes in lots of guises. Billions of ’em, actually. It comes in different shapes and sizes and looks and feels for each of us.  Everyone. is. different.

Clearly, my happiness might not be yours. By sharing my journey, I’m not suggesting everyone else’s journey should follow the same trajectory. No way, no how.

See also: There will always be someone “better.” There will never be another you.

There are 7,046,000,000 journeys in this world — each totally unique and totally unduplicatable and totally legit. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this lengthy trip down the magical rabbit hole, it’s that my path is mine and mine alone. I think one key to my happiness quotient is the fact that I’ve (unapologetically) gone my own way — a lifestyle choice I highly recommend. As Frank once crooned:

“For what is a (wo)man, what has (s)he got?
If not himself, then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels

The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way”

Boo. Yah.

And that’s what I want for everyone else. For you to DO IT YOUR WAY. Listen to that nagging little inner voice you’re always ignoring. Follow your bliss. Seek out the stuff that makes joy bubble up in you like so much Co2.

So I hope you take everything I write (and everything everyone else writes, too) with a grain of salt. If it resonates with you, awesome — I hope you’re inspired into boundless joy and the pursuit of all things that spark it. If it doesn’t resonate with you and you think I’m an idealistic hack — that’s awesome too. Just keep looking till you find another message or story or teacher that does.

Happiness is everyone’s birthright. It’s where we came from and where we’re going, we just tend to get lost in laundry and bills and oil changes. But all of us have an inner compass to show us the way back — we’ve just gotta follow it.

“Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – is something I have to find out myself.” – Chinua Achebe

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