I am, perhaps, the last 20-something girl on the internet to dive into Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. It's really shocking how behind the curve I've been on this, given how much we have in common.
After about 4 pages it became clear that Rubin could be my spirit animal, for every time I shook my head saying, "Yep. Been there, felt that."
I never called them "happiness projects" but since December 2008 I've worked on two Day Zero Projects* (also known as the 101 in 1,001 project). 202 goals all aimed at avoiding the fear that Rubin had, that we all have - the fear of wasting our lives.
I don't know about you, but I feel like my generation in particular is terrified of not doing something great with our lives. We've been raised with the belief that we're extraordinary, and many of us with strong encouragement to "save the world" (or at least make it a better place). I know that I want to do big things and live up to my potential. You know what I haven't given a whole lot of thought to?
What makes me happy. What does real happiness look like for me?
One easy answer that should come as no surprise is that books make me happy. When I make time to read, I am a happier person. So why don't I prioritize making time for things that make me happy? I'm working on that changing, really. Really.
Rubin quotes Colette early in the first chapter: "What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." I pray I never say that.
Do you prioritize your own happiness? What's one thing that makes you happy?
*several people have asked if I'll be continuing to follow my current 101 in 1,001 here (it expires in 2014). I guess that depends on if it'd interest you to read about it? Would you like to hear about my take on a happiness project?