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My Pursuit Of Happiness

If ever you were asked, are you really happy? What would be your reply? More than half the population of Nigerian youths today would reply in the affirmative. But deep down, just before we go to bed, when those thoughts seem to be inescapable, we tell ourselves the truth. That we are very sad with the way things turned out.

 

 

As a child, I had dreams. Tall dreams, short dreams, plausible and the very downright audacious ones, but at least I had them. They were mine to hold and cherish, no one else’s. Nowadays, the only thing that appears to drives us, keeps us up at night and wakes many of us up early in the morning, is the pursuit of money.

 

 

Which shouldn’t be so. Every day, the clock strikes 5am and our phone alarms gleefully wake us up. Off to work we go, joining the long line of zombies shuffling onto the overcrowded Lagos metropolis streets. We return late at night, tired and hungry, but reassure ourselves that we’re another day closer to our pay check.

 

 

It’s the same every day, another year goes by and we get farther away from our dreams. Our friends tell us to grow up, that we live comfortably, have a good job, nice salary, and rent free accommodation.

 

I believe that we surround ourselves with luxury items and meaningless trinkets in a bid to buy happiness. ‘Why shouldn’t I be able to enjoy myself while I still can?’ a friend of mine asked the other day, But is that all there is to life? If this is so, then I don’t want such a life, a life with nothing meaningful achieved is no life worth living.

 

 

I have always dreamt of becoming a writer, and not the blue colour worker that I am now. And so I’ve decided to quit my job and explore the world, find myself, sort of. It sounds crazy and I know my parents will be furious. I hear them now in my head,

 

Ki lo n she omo yi?

 

Kini nkan naa!

 

O yoo ko pa mi ṣaaju ki o to mi akoko

For many outsiders it would seem as though the people in my village had finally caught up with me. How could I just leave a lucrative job in pursuit of some senseless happiness? Society frowns whenever the norm is broken. Family burdens are much and to many it feels as though you’re turning your back on them.

 

 

But I feel, or rather I am deeply convinced that the reason why many youths do nothing about their dreams is because of the same reason the country is deteriorating today. And that reason is ‘fear’. Fear of what people would say as though they were the custodians of your happiness. A morbid fear of being thrown out of the pack. Fear of becoming broke, of going back, tails between your legs to beg for small change.

 

 

Many mavericks the world over are recognized today because they followed their dreams irrespective of the monetary returns involved. Isn’t it high time we did a ‘Kid Cudi’ and pursued our versions of happiness? Enough of chasing dollar and Naira signs.

 

‘’Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” Democritus

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