Do Whatever Makes You Happy

[I’m playing catch-up with the Zero to Hero challenge. My current challenge is to write a post based on a comment I left on a new-found blog.]

I came across a post the other day which was an open letter reminding the writer to do whatever makes them happy. Great advice, in my opinion. If there’s something I’ve learned from past experiences, it’s living life for myself and not for others. I actually happened to be talking to a new colleague that day about something similar.

They were saying they wanted to study another course to pursue a particular field of social work, but may need to put that idea on hold due to lack of time. I told him he needed to make time.

“Easier said than done,” he said. It’s true. I don’t disagree with that, but I think if it’s something you really want to do, then you would make time for it. I feel most people put off chasing what they want because they either don’t know where to start or don’t want to take the risk. Or maybe both.

I’m not sure if that is that case for my colleague, but I did tell him about how I packed my bags and headed for London because I was fed up with everything in my life. I told him it wasn’t easy, that I was out of work for months, and that family, friends and then-boyfriend were telling me to give up and return home because things hadn’t worked out. It would have been easier to, but that wouldn’t have made me happy. So I persisted. And in the end I found a job that I loved. Having to return to Sydney because my visa expired was sad, but I was able to do what makes me happy for a long time.

I’m not the most confident person in the world, but I now feel that if I can “make it” in London, then I can do anything I want to. I believe the world is full of opportunities that I can grab if I choose. And if not, I’m able to create opportunities for myself.

That’s the general kind of message I was trying to get across to my colleague anyway. After my “motivational speech”, they said they were going to look into that course they wanted to do and speak to their supervisor about it. I was pretty happy to hear that, and I really hope they’re able to make it work.

2 thoughts on “Do Whatever Makes You Happy

  1. annainternational says:

    Good for you to encourage them! I hope they do too! For me, writing my blog is making time to work towards my dream (being a full time writer of course!) but it’s pretty hard on top of a full time job as editor of an international law journal and finishing off a PhD in my spare time, but I’m managing it!


    • Sandy says:

      Hi Anna, thanks for commenting.

      And wow, it sounds like you have a lot on your plate! I don’t know how you manage, but I’m glad you’ve made time to do what makes you happy 🙂

      I’ve checked out your blog and I think you’re a great writer. Keep up the good work! 🙂


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