Crazy Happy…or Just Crazy?

I’ve recently set a new intention – to pursue crazy happiness.

Note that I didn’t say “to be crazy happy” – I don’t want the denial or stress that can come with setting that particular intention. But the pursuit of it is on my mind.

Basically, I don’t ever want to stop pursuing a happier life. I don’t believe there is a final destination of happiness.

Does that make me crazy?

Do more of what makes you happy.

The “good enough” mindset

It’s easy to find yourself in a day-to-day, good-enough mindset. I know I do it.

The kitchen is clean enough, my writing is polished enough. The trouble comes in when there’s still work to do and the results actually change your life. I’m not going to feel more fulfilled as a person by rinsing off one more plate or finding one more spelling error.

But, if I’m only “happy enough”, then that means I could be happier.

When I was “happy enough”

I was “happy enough” just less than a year ago. When my husband and I lived in Indianapolis, we were stuck in a routine that was just getting us by. We weren’t crazy happy. We were happy enough.

We both were in an environment that just felt like we were passing time. That could really be a depressing story if that’s just where it ended.

But we made a change.

We prepared to move to Los Angeles for months (we had talked about it for years actually), but I couldn’t have prepared for the change it actually brought. It’s been such an adventure!

Los Angeles may not be our final destination, but we are happy here and happy that we decided to take action in our lives. We saw something that needed to change, and we changed it. We talk often and openly about ways we can increase our happiness.

It’s something I want to pursue for the rest of my life.

Am I crazy?

One of the biggest thoughts I’ve had since setting this intention is that maybe I’m just crazy. We’ve traditionally been surrounded by messages that encourage settling and not taking risks.

Maybe the pursuit of crazy happiness isn’t worth it. Maybe the effort I have to put in isn’t worth the happiness I get in return.

But then I think, isn’t any happiness worth working for? And isn’t there happiness even more so with the work?

How to pursue crazy happiness

I am not a happiness expert. But I am currently pursuing it, so I guess I have a little to say about my experience.

You don’t have to move across the country to pursue your own crazy happiness. It may just be a matter of driving a different way to work or taking a walk in the morning.

But what’s important is that you don’t stop and say “that’s it, this is the end. I can’t possibly get any happier than this.”

What’s important is that you’re open to happiness.

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5 thoughts on “Crazy Happy…or Just Crazy?

  1. Happiness comes from within. Make yourself happy, do not expect others to do that for you. You are right, just driving a different way to work can make you happy. I try each day to be as happy as I can and when you do that, it seems to rub off on others. Very nice post.

  2. I love this! I wish I’d had the guts or someone to encourage me when I was young to pursue happiness. I never thought of it as an option. I was brought up to think a certain way, that you lived a certain way, and that was it. I’m not what I’d call a “happy” person. I feel like I have to pursue it daily, trying to overcome worries and fears. But, at the age of almost 49! and with lots of prayer I am getting better at it. I’m hoping to be braver and happier in my next 50 years! Anyway, good for you!

  3. Crazy is relative to other peoples’ expectations. What’s crazy to one person might seem perfectly reasonable to another. When my wife and I decided to leave New Mexico and move to Finland, some though the idea was crazy, but it was a very calculated and rational and sane decision on our part.

    I think what you’re talking about when you say “chasing crazy” is simply not accepting limitations and making yourself open to other possibilities. Realizing that you don’t have to do certain things, but you could, and exploring the way your “normal” life then feels in relation to that realization.

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