Some people pass through life without ever finding happiness. They may have experienced quite a few remarkable days in their lifetimes, but deep inside, they were never contented. They turned blind to the beauty of life because they consumed too much of the darkness around them. Sometimes, we get so overwhelmed with the pressure of being happy that it raises more doubt whether we truly are happy.
Accountability entails acknowledgment of your lapses. It means owning up to your mistakes even when it’s embarrassing and scary. Accountability means having the courage to say it’s your fault and to accept all the necessary consequences to come at you in the same degree of pain you’ve caused them.
Accountability means showing respect for your words and deeds by owning them and fixing the consequences if necessary. When you hold yourself accountable, it means you’re living in integrity. What you do when nobody else is looking measures how truthful you are. Accountability shows whether your beliefs, values, and attitudes are aligned with your morals and principles.
It’s no secret that our twenties are a confusing time for all of us. As long as we’re breathing, we will always have that nagging voice inside our heads that symbolizes the struggle of finding the right balance of things. The moment we reach the second decade of our lives, suddenly a majestic wave of advice and lecture will come at us from “adults” who project their insecurities and doubts on us.
They preach to us what should and what shouldn’t be done, tell us what we’re capable of and what we shouldn’t risk doing. Whether we like to admit it or not, most of these adults are very close and dear to us. These are the people who have known us since we were a baby and apparently have witnessed our journey to mistakes, opportunities, and life-changing experiences. It’s hard to compete with someone who knows you more than you know yourself.
Happiness, much like success, is subjective to different people who come from unique walks of life. It’s a controversial term for everyone because when one talks about it, there can never be one universal definition. There is no definite value, measurement of happiness, nor a reliable source from where we can get full and permanent access to it. It just doesn’t work that way.
Many say happiness is a short-term feeling that comes when you’re in a happy state of mind, like when you finish a task way before the deadline or when you buy the camera you’ve been saving for months, and slowly fades away when you no longer care about it. On the flip side, some would say that you would only experience genuine happiness as a long-term satisfaction only when you overcome the dark and lonely times of your life. Others say happiness is a feeling of contentment where you look over the brighter side of things even when in totality, it’s dark and lonely. Some would also say that happiness is temporary, fickle, and fake; it’s a myth. But no, happiness is real. It’s very real.
Your life is not your own, and how long it’s going to last is beyond your control. What we can do is to make sure we can delay meeting death as much as we can. Most people take for granted how much a single day can impact the rest of your life, and that’s why they are more inclined to fail and lose their way.
Doing consistent small actions will help you achieve success in the long run, no matter how long it will take. Sometimes we overlook the simplest, littlest things because we’re too focused on doing the gigantic, visible actions to show off to other people. We become so obsessed with polishing our image, forgetting to toughen it up on the inside.