So, I finished Seasons 1-4 of Gossip Girl (Too bad Season 5 isn’t on Netflix) and now I’m on to starting Mad Men. Don Draper said this quote in one of the first few episodes and for some reason it stuck with me:
“Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK. “
Is this what happiness is to you and me? Or is it all a big illusion? There are those “things” that make me smile, like the smell of a new car, the realization that you’ve lost weight without even trying, the sight of colorful balloons, finding a cute item of clothing on sale, etc…but is that what happiness is? To me, happiness is simple. Look around. Look at your life. All of it…the good, the bad, and the ugly. Happiness is the blessing of a life worth living, no matter how chaotic, challenging, or boring it can be. We need to look at the life we have in order to appreciate what true happiness is. Now, I know not everyone’s life is peachy keen and we all have trials and tribulations. But, look on the bright side, if it weren’t for the breath of life we take each day, we wouldn’t be able to experience it otherwise. Do you know what I mean?