Hopes, aspirations, desires. Do we always get what we want? Had it been the case, words like sorrow and unhappiness would not have been there in the dictionary. Man proposes but God disposes. We learn to live with rejections and negations. Frustration grips us, fate laughs at us and life just goes on. We see a dim light in some far away corner and start walking; again in the hope of reaching the end of the dark tunnel, but do we always succeed?
What’s that light we keep searching for: success, money, fame; but then all these are transitory things. What is the meaning of life then when we always run after things which are not permanent in nature? Can we find perfect happiness by acquiring these objects? Life as such is transitory, all that exists on earth are also transitory and perishable. How can we define perfect happiness then?
From childhood we are constantly told that; boy, one day you have to be independent, you got to stand o your own feet and for this you have to work hard. Then only you can succeed in your life. We obey our elders and work. A sense of competitiveness garners momentum in our innermost brain. Only the fittest survive; we are told and we listen. There is no place for the weak and failures are not accepted. We listen. Fear of failure grips us and we do everything to avoid it. Win, win and win. People salute the rising sun. Again the question comes when can we claim that we are successful; when we have everything that money can buy? Can money buy everything? Can it be used as a measuring rod for success? May be, but can it be used as a measuring rod for happiness? That’s the question which every so called successful person got to answer. Can money buy happiness?
It’s good to be ambitious, but it’s always dangerous to be over-ambitious. Ambition gives you a goal, a definite and specific path on which you can walk to attain your aim, to fulfill your dreams. Now, dreams have no boundaries. The degree, the intensity of desires vary. We always aspire for good things in life; of course the materialistic ones, things which money can buy. We always want to better our present standard of living. We want to emulate the lifestyle of rich and famous. The glamour attracts us. The extravagance fascinates us. A cruise in a luxury ship, a holiday in Switzerland, a trip to Australia; dreams, aren’t they?
Very few of us get there and achieve it. A lot of people always aspire to be like them and are always in awe of them. Trying to emulate them, they lead a life of misery, a life in which they always feel that there is something missing. In running after what we have not got, we can not even enjoy what we have got. We give example of those few persons, people who have migrated to some rich foreign country and are earning exorbitant salaries. Is that the ultimate aim of life? Are they the only persons who have made it in life who earn pots of money? Are they happy?
If we do not know the answer then why should we keep comparing ourselves with them and keep feeling miserable? If you think they are happy then let them enjoy their dollars and don’t feel jealous. After all happiness is not someone’s paternal property. Anybody can have it and there is no restriction on quantum also.