Sunday, December 19, 2010
As part of a competition, I have been asked to write about something I wish I could pass onto my children that is infinite.
As I usually swear at least once when I blog, and I guess it’s almost expected of me, I best get this out of the way straight up. Infinite – I could look up the meaning in the dictionary or I could just give it my own definition – Forfuckingever. Endless, never ending. Infinite.
The obvious answer here is money right? I mean, once you’ve got infinite money, you can pretty much buy infinite anything. Infinite houses. Infinite cars. Infinite bottles of Champagne.
The problem with money though, is that you can’t buy true friends. You can’t online shop for a genuine hug from a partner who loves you and you certainly cannot buy the all elusive HAPPINESS.
So, kids, if I could wish you one thing that would never run out, it is Happiness. Because without it, life can kinda suck.
Take for instance the founder of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg. Now this guy is worth billions of dollars. He can have anything he wants. But the one thing he lost when chasing his business so passioniately, was his best friend. That is irreparable. With all of his money, he still cannot buy the happiness that having a best friend can bring.
So, Tip number one of Infinite Happiness kids: find a friend who is your best. Who loves you for what and who you are. If you are extremely lucky, you will find this person early. If not, you will know them when you meet them. It will be feel like you are in love, but without the awkward pash.
Tip Two. Find a partner. One who adores you for just being you and that you adore, equally. This will happen when it will happen. Don’t rush it, don’t push it and please don’t expect it. An open heart will allow the right person in when the time is right.
Tip Three. Work at what your love. Find out what interests you. Is it animals? Writing? Building Stuff? Knocking down stuff? Cooking? Cleaning, Drawing? Whatever it is, work towards getting yourself into that area as your job. I know it’s clichéd, but if you are doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Tip Four. Be Kind. Be Patient. Be Compassionate. Treat others as you would like to be treated and if people are arseholes, remember it’s on them, not you. You can only do what you can do. Some people will be jealous, horrible, egotistical, vain, or just plain mean, but this does not give you licence to return this behaviour in kind.
Tip Five. Give in. Surrender. There is no answer. Happiness is what makes you happy, not Mr Jones down the street. Clipping his grass beyond an inch of its life may very well be what floats his boat, and good for him, he’s found his happiness. You find yours, and as long as it’s not illegal, do all you can to cradle and it and keep it safe.
That's all I've got. Infinite happiness 101.
Good luck little ones, life is just beginning.