The Pursuit of Happiness

Courtesy of "The Academy" page on Facebook.
Courtesy of “The Academy” page on Facebook.

 Genie, you’re free.

                                     ~Aladdin

I am deeply saddened by the recent turn of events, pertaining especially to the death of one of the world’s beloved people- Robin Williams. As a child of the nineties, I was exposed to some of the great works he has done on screen, some of which consist of Jumanji, Aladdin, and Hook. To this day, I remember a younger me watching Mrs. Doubtfire for the first time during a class party in the fourth grade. I remember laughing as he portrayed the feminine disguise and I remember being captivated when the vulnerability showed through his (male) character. In general, Robin Williams made the world a happier place.

But this is not an article about him or his unfortunate death.

I have always been intrigued by the insubstantial amount of happiness within successful people. To think that they are blessed with the talents, the charms, or the financial stability (or all three), we would assume that they would be happy. We would assume that they couldn’t possibly ask for more because they have virtually everything. But assumption is superficial, and clearly fame and wealth are not the vehicles to happiness.

Of course, we know this already. Some people are just given such abilities to flourish financially or make a difference in the world. Nonetheless, the question remains unanswered: why are people still unhappy, with all of these in mind? Is it because they are ungrateful? Is it because they have forgotten to acknowledge these talents as blessings? These are two possible answers, and are not specifically about Robin’s passing, but I guess this is something to reflect upon.

Don’t stop counting your blessings.

Don’t forget to express gratitude each day.

With much love,

Alyssa

Robin Williams, you have been an inspiration and a source of joy to the many lives you touched with your talents.

May you rest in peace.

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