Pursuit of Happyness
This past weekend, my family got together and watched the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”.
I, who had almost killed myself riding my bike and babysitting for demonic six year olds, was not really happy. Sure, I’ll admit that the sight of Will Smith’s face is a sight for sore eyes, but I was not happy. I have felt ignored, forgotten, and generally unwanted in my home in the last month. My family has been going through major issues health wise, emotion wise. My mother has been troubled with changes in her life. No, even with the joy I expressed and genuinly felt, I was not happy.
The movie ends. I won’t give it away if you haven’t seen it, you one reader of mine. But I will tell you that I got it. Someone very dear to me once said that “You have a good home, a good life… just look at the rest of the world and then tell me that you have problems.”
He couldn’t have been more correct.
While the movie focused on the downsides of life and the utter lows that one may hit, it was surrounding a greater message of hope, ambition and devotion. Hope for a future, ambition to become the impossible, and devotion to a dream and to family. I realized that even in the least and worst circumstances, I can find “happyness”. It doesn’t have to be in the absolute good I may experience, but instead the worst excentuates the brightest stars of joy and accomplishment. Example… At one point, Will Smith as Chris Gardener and his son are staying in a homeless shelter for a night. Though it seems that life has finally hit its worst, he ends up fixing a machine that he is trying to sell. The light coming from the fixed product was the absolute blinding light of hope. No one shouted for it to be extinguished, no one came over and turned it off themselves. It just… shone. That was a beautiful ray of hope for me.
I am happy.
I cannot change my situation nor can I stop God from acting. But, I can affect the attitude of those around me and embrace the best in my worst. My own little “Pursuit of Happyness”.
If you are there, please tell me. This much I need to know.