I came across one of the most wonderful things I've ever read in my life on Reddit this morning, penned by Redditor alukima, who shares some insights on finding happiness:
I am not witty or interesting; I wont pretend to have anything profound to say. I am 26, female, divorced and spent most of my life feeling empty and hopeless. This may not help anyone, but these realizations helped me find my happiness. The points are in bold.
They didn't lie to you in elementary school, being different is awesome.
In high school and my early twenties I was teased for wearing video game related t-shirts. Now the the same girls who teased me often complain to me over facebook about being suck in generic relationships and "wish they had found something to love the way I love gaming". Also, I recently made a bet that my $15 TMNT purse would get more compliments at a bar than a $900 coach purse. I won.
That's the beginning, and it just gets better from there. Please, please, please go to Reddit and read the rest. I promise that you'll be glad you did. I only have one addition of my own, which I will add ... now:
Don't be a dick.
You tend to attract what you put into the world, and every second you spend being a dick is a second wasted. I'm 37, and while I've looked back on times I was a dick with great regret, I've never thought to myself, "You know, I really wish I'd spent more time being a dick to people."
This is one of those "I wish I'd written it, and I'm really glad I found it" things that I see from time to time, and I hope that lots and lots of people read it, internalize it, and share it with others. Thanks, alukima, for adding something good to the world. I hope this comes back to you a thousand times.