When I grow up, I want to be Happy.

John Lennon: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always 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.

Makes you think… It isn’t a career choice, your marital status or given financial conditions that will determine your level of Happiness. Yet we are conditioned to think so.

From an early age, we value¬†luxuries that money will buy, our parents push us to study and move on to higher education that will eventually lead to higher paying career paths, girls are expected to¬†be married and have children by a certain age… but how do these contribute to happiness? Do they contribute at all to finding happiness?

What are instead the principles that should be taught in schools? What can we teach our children to ensure their success in finding happiness when they grow up? How can the words RESPECT, COMMITMENT, DISCIPLINE, HARD WORK, SETTING GOALS, SUCCESS/FAILURE, LOVE and SELF-ESTEEM, for example, become part of the empowering vocabulary we relay to our children?

 

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2 Responses to “When I grow up, I want to be Happy.”

  1. Peter Wright says:

    The most fortunate thing about my childhood was that my father took a different view to your teachers who told you that you did not understand the assignment.

    As background, his mother died soon after he was born, his father was a barely educated labourer and my father spent his entire school life in a harsh post Victorian era boarding school.

    Despite that start, he educated himself, eventually leaving a fairly high level job to start farming.

    He drummed into me from an early age two concepts:

    You can be anything you want to be in life.

    You and you alone are responsible for how you live your life and what you make of it.

    That was worth more than all my years at school.

    Life is too short to be unhappy.

    • Carmen Marie says:

      Those are incredible concepts for your father to have taught you Peter!
      He lived the way he spoke too from what you tell us. Good for him! and good for you!
      Not many of us get that in our early education… we often choose money and comfort over happiness…. as sad as this sounds.
      Time to turn things around!

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