When I was in university, I thought it was money, having lots of it. I made it my goal to work in a big company, live in a high-rise condominium, own my own car, and of course, earn lots of money. I was fortunate enough to achieve some of that, although somewhere along the way, I realized it didn't make me as happy as I thought it would. More money didn't necessarily made me more happy.
This made me rethink my goals, so instead of money, I made happiness my new goal. I didn't need money to be happy and sometimes, it's actually money that is preventing me from being happy. I believe I was fortunate to actually achieve that as well. I found true love, and learned to find joy in the simplest things. I believe I've learned to detach happiness from money, and I find that very liberating.
Recently however, I'm beginning to realize that having happiness as a goal is a little selfish. Dedicating my life to achieving happiness for myself is selfish, and maybe, it's time to move to the next level of enlightenment. I searched the web for less egotistic life goals and these appealed to me the most:
- to lead a moral life
- to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions
- to develop wisdom and understanding
I'm turning Buddhist.