a reply to: deadlyhope
Tons of things make me happy, some frivolous, some more meaningful.
For instance: everyone with a Facebook likes when people LIKE their posts, so do I. Or even more relevantly: I LIKE when I get stars and flags on my
posts/threads here on ATS. Everyone does. People enjoy having their thoughts and opinions noticed... especially when they are agreed upon. This is
quite shallow, but I'd be a liar if it didn't make me somewhat happy.
That is true to varying degrees of course, but is not really a viable source of happiness. The median would be when I am able to make someone really
laugh. It could be a joke, a story, an impression, or just me making a mistake it doesn't matter: the bigger the laugh the better I feel.
Now both of those feel good and all, but to me true happiness is something that's sustained... not just a burst of laughter or a fleeting
recognition... but something that remains. Of course, nothing can stay the same forever, but some things make us happy even as they (and ourselves)
change. I play guitar, write and do visual art as well. Art is and always will be a source of deep happiness for me. The feeling that comes from
producing something creatively is a deep-set one that echoes not only the instance of the expression itself; but also the days, weeks and hours of
practice which lead to that expression.
All at once, all that time spent learning, doubting, failing, reworking and resuming is revealed in the current moment. The process of writing music
or creating art is felt by the finished result.... and it's a very satisfying feeling. Joining that personal accomplishment with that recognition I
mentioned above is really something special. Anyone who has worked at some craft regardless of the medium or field can understand what I mean.
Again, many things make me happy. My wife is the ultimate source of my happiness in part because she so graciously appreciates and encourages my
creativity. So, it's not the number of individual people recognizing my life's work, it's the depth of that recognition I believe that makes it so
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