I used to be very good at finding happiness in weekends after a very busy work week. I went to movie theaters to see action thrillers and romantic comedies in 3D. I went to nice restaurants to enjoy dinner with my family. I went to Six Flags to have a fun filled Saturday in the summer. I went to many Atlantic beaches to relax. I went to long drives across the country. And many more.
I now realize that I was renting happiness this whole time. My life was back to normal every time I came back from Six Flags or returned from a long drive.
And I realized something else too. I was renting my time, effort and attention to a big company as an employee during weekdays so that I can rent happiness in the weekends. What if the company stopped renting my time? Yes, I would have to find another company and sell myself so that they rent my time now!
This was a never ending cycle of renting and being rented for a long time for me. But then someone taught me about passion. And I was lucky enough to find my own. I stopped renting happiness since then.
I am still learning from my passion how to 'be happy'.
Abhimanyu Gupta lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife Nilanjana & son Anusurya. His profession is software testing and his passion are music and books. He can be reached via Email, LinkedIn or Facebook.