I love writing, and I have said before in this blog that it just might be my favorite hobby. I especially love creative writing since it is a fantastic avenue for expression and a path to creating my own world on a page. Creative writing gives me full control over every aspect of my stories, so I can make a dog talk or a penguin fly if it progresses the story. I don’t write because I am uncomfortable with how the world is, I write because I love to share a contrasting view from how things actually are in the world. Most of the things I write outside of this blog are works of fiction, I especially enjoy writing children’s stories, because children are still learning how the world works and stories geared towards them can have a more carefree tone while still sharing a serious message. I personally think it is easier to explain some of the more complex themes of life through stories told to children. Even before writing was widely used to tell tales, spoken fables and ancient proverbs were told to children in order to teach them important lessons in life. I like to condense as many important themes as a can into a story made for children because it may be a child’s only chance to form an understanding of the issues they will face in life. Writing is important, it is more than just a hobby or a subject taken in school, writing is a perfect way to share knowledge and express emotion. I may be repeating something I said on an earlier blog, but writing is necessary for the future and I would love to see a renewal of interest in reading in future generations.
The reason I write this blog is to keep my brain from dying so to speak. In my opinion there are three ways to keep your mind sharp, reading, writing, and mathematics. As you may have noticed from reading this blog, I have a lot of ideas, too many to count, this blog is basically a written translation of my thoughts. I have found that coming up with different topics everyday is harder than I realized, while I do have enough ideas in mind to write about, it would be majorly unwise to post my unfiltered thoughts. Throughout the year as I continue to post on this page I may post some editorials, some reviews, and even videos. I will definitely end up returning to the more interesting topics, most likely due to a change in my views of a subject, or newly found data, so this blog should probably be named “365 Posts” rather than topics. I hope you will follow along throughout the year, and join me as I write about random musings. I realize this should have been my first post, but I didn’t really think about it until I got this far. I am a creative writer and I just wanted to give myself a reason to write everyday. I hope in reading this blog you are enriched in some way, anyhow, thanks for reading.
What is happiness? Is it merely attainable by human means or are we all just deluding ourselves with temporary human achievement and the prestige that goes with it. I once wondered if it was actually possible to be genuinely happy for another person. I mean, I love seeing my friends get promotions, or getting married and things like that, but am I happy for them or happy with them. During my time of questioning legitimate empathetic happiness I had to study origins of empathy. The word empathy comes from Greek origins, the words “en” and “pathos” which translate to “in” and “passion” respectively are the basis of the word “empatheia.” Empatheia was adapted into the German work “Einfühlung” which means “feeling into,” that was ultimately translated into the English word empathy. Empathy is actually putting yourself into the position of another, and imagining how you would feel in that situation. I can basically gather from my studies the idea that being happy for others is all in the imagination, although it is an important trait in basic social interaction. In my opinion happiness is a feeling of contentment, and in general attaining goods and achievements cannot gain lasting contentment. The pursuit of happiness is quite possibly the most depressing journey one can take, while life has its ups and downs, quantifying contentment can be detrimental to one’s overall well being. People who base their happiness on external things use items almost as a drug, and they seem to get a temporary boost from each purchase or win. These individuals find themselves extremely unhappy when they stop competing or have everything they think they want. I guess the truest form of happiness can be gained by looking at your situation, look at what you love about it, and just love it, be content with it. If your situation is dissatisfying, gain happiness by working towards a position of contentment, which is not always a position of prestige. Empathize with people not with things and you will find an understanding of happiness.
A good friend of mine once told me I “need to learn how to relax.” Me? The most easy going guy around, it seemed shocking but there is actually some weight to his assertion. While many people consider me calm, carefree, and even keeled, I am constantly working on something internally. I always have some sort of project that needs to be dealt with and I don’t seem to have the capacity to “put it away” until it is complete. As calm as I am, my ideal level of relaxation is enjoying a rowdy sporting event, or listening to the complicated beats of EDM (electronic dance music). Relaxation to me is an activity, I have to actively keep myself from thinking about the “important” things in life in order to stay relaxed, perhaps this is anxiety rather than relaxation. In order to relax, one must realize the importance of relaxation, it’s actually good for the heart, the mind, the body, everything. Humans need to rest in order to work effectively, and ever reach their highest potential. I have decided to take today as a total relaxation day, and it has been most enjoyable. In order to stave off the thoughts of “important objectives,” I have decided to work on fun and interesting tasks that kept me busy but still subdued my thoughts of other things, less “fun” things. I guess the gist of this posting is you need to learn to relax, take a day off and enjoy life. There is no reason to be miserable while working your way towards happiness.