I remember, once I went to an amusement park with a friend. I am very scared of sitting in taller rides, specially the ones that rise and fall at the speed of a jet. For a change, if I sit in any taller ride on insistence of friends, then it feels like its the last day of my life. So I prefer mostly sitting in the rides that run flat; speed is okay to me, but zigzags are scary.
On the other hand, my friend with me, was trying his hands on every ride, one after another. He was all excited and shouting in amazement. He loved the excitement of ups and downs and instead of feeling fearful like me, he was actually enjoying every bit of the second. At the end of the day, he was as happy as lark.
Few days later, I got a call from the same friend and he wanted my advice on one problem. He was speaking very nervously, the tone was quite dull & even he told that he was getting the goosebumps. The problem was related to his office meeting, a next day, for which he was unprepared. It reminded me about his behaviour at amusement park and I compared the both situations.
I wondered how exciting his life would have been, if he learns to handle the situations in life, the way he managed to enjoy the rides at that amusement park.
Everyday we all set off for our respective works, just as we sit on some bumping ride. This ride zigzag around the tracks of our attitude and we experience all day the rise and fall of situations, opportunities & much more. The seat belt of hope, around our stomach, set our expectations.
Friend's, life is just like some amusement park. Once you are inside the park, you could either enjoy, watch others enjoying, enjoy the smaller rides, face your fear or you could just stand at some corner.
You will find no one inside the park, who is completely fearless; therefore do not consider yourself outlined, if you feel fearful. However some people enjoy the excitement of facing ones fear and these are the lot, who you mostly find succeeding.
Fear is like that street dog and a person standing before it with freezing feet; both are scared with one another. Happiness is not just the absence of fear, but also the process of eliminating, avoiding & overcoming fear.
Don't wait for situations to turn in your favor to be happy. Situations would come & go, people would blame or praise, opportunities would shower or blow away; your happiness is not attached to anything, but yourself and your reaction to it.
Don't find reasons to become happy, rather be the reason!
I wish you loads of happiness,