By Nashra Ahmed:
We all want to be happy in life. But this happiness has different definitions for each one of us. For many of us, it is about settling for a good life, a good partner, a good job that lets you draw a good salary. Some aspire to lead a balanced life in all aspects. But what really is happiness? To me, happiness is simply the pursuit or the effort. An effort to perform well under the boss who is making everything hard for you. An effort to score better grades in the next exam. It is the honest effort that matters.
I should give you my own example. I love playing badminton. That is one thing I do, which gives me immense happiness. But when I really thought about it what is there in badminton and not in my books that calls my heart, I got some answers. The reason behind it is not that I play well. Nobody is born being good at something. But because every time I am on the court, I try to be better than before. I try to analyse every shot, every step of mine. No matter who my competitor is, there is always something to learn from; the tactics that I can use in my own game. And this pursuit is what I think makes all the difference.
Life also, is no less than a game. We often attach it with losses, victories, expectations, comparisons and what not! But is this attachment and thinking over all this, really worth it? What are we really trying to achieve, despite knowing the fact that nothing can be achieved perfectly.
Life is a game, that too can be enjoyable once we know how to play; with the right rules and in the right spirit. Here, the biggest competitor for you is you. You have to be better than the person you were yesterday. And tomorrow, better than what you are today.
The effort is the goal. fascinating enough?