Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. — Jim Rohn
Happiness is a state of that moment, no triggering point needed to be in that state. All you have to do is to laugh or smile because your emotion tells you so.
In Pursuit of Happiness, you will look deeper into the deepest edge of your core on what it’s really like to have a genuine Happiness.
Robin Williams Happiness
Actor and comedian Robin McLaurin Williams were born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. Eventually becoming one of America’s funniest performers, Williams attended Claremont Men’s College and College of Marin before enrolling at the Juilliard School in New York City. There he befriended and became roommates with fellow actor Christopher Reeve. Williams later experimented with comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles, developing a successful stand-up act.
After developing his improvisational style as a stand-up comedian, Robin Williams landed his own television show, Mork and Mindy, and moved into leading parts in a film with Robert Altman’s Popeye. He played numerous memorable film roles, both comedic and dramatic, and after three previous nominations, he won an Academy Award for best-supporting actor in Good Will Hunting.
While his career was taking off, Williams faced many personal challenges. He developed a drug and alcohol problem while working on the sitcom Mork and Mindy, and would struggle with addiction for more than two decades. He also became involved in several tumultuous romantic relationships; while married to actress Valerie Velardi, he was involved with other women. Williams and Velardi ultimately divorced in 1988. The following year, he married his son’s nanny, Marsha Garces.
On August 11, 2014, the 63-year-old comedian was found dead in his California home. His publicist released this statement: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
In a statement issued by Susan Schneider on August 13, she disclosed that her late husband had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease which he had not revealed publicly. Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system that progresses over time, affecting movement and speech. She also confirmed that the actor was battling depression and anxiety, but that he had maintained his sobriety.
Schneider’s statement also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support following her husband’s suicide and touched on the legacy he left behind: “Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.” -biography.com
I remember him in his superb performance in Goodwill Hunting, a mentor to the displaced genius Matt Damon where they’ve learned from each other’s weakness. They pushed to each other the idea that Happiness can be a daunting task that needs the courage to face the unknowns.
They reminded each other that in order to pursue the meaning of Happiness all you have to do is to show up and the rest will follow.
I’ve known Robin Williams from his comedy acts, his make faces while acting for stand up is exceptional. He is the epitome of versatility in standup comedy. He had that creative genius in his persona.
Unfortunately, depression gets the best out of him.
How can you explain the logic behind the giving and sharing of Happiness to other people when he felt like there is something missing, the emptiness inside that longs for understanding or maybe his creative mind cannot fathom the idea that his creativity will be gone because of the illness, and that it is much better to end his life that way than succumb with the illness.
Whatever his reasons maybe, he already lived his life to the fullest.
The Absence of Happiness
Happiness can be a relieving factor in the sea of sorrows. But in the absence of Happiness, a dangerous perception of life could bring a halt to your personal development. Sometimes you felt like the essence of life is starting to deteriorate because you are not happy at the moment.
The Happiness you used to have is not present at the moment because of all the circumstances you are going through. You are thinking of the bills to pay, your relationship in turmoil, having no one beside you who will listen to your problems. The idea that you have no social life like you used to. You are starting to feel the pressure of life and the pressure of having responsibility.
You are depressed; you are stressed out with all the constant nagging to make your life more meaningful in a way that your peers are having right now with their post in social media. You are hoping that in the instant click of a button your life will turn around in an instant. But to no avail, it stills the same, the same routine that made you miserable in your life right now.
In finding yourself you felt the need to change, because you need a fresh perspective of life to make it a happy one again.
Happiness is a Process
You forgot that Happiness is a process, that to know the true meaning of it you have to go through the sadness and sorrows of life. You will not appreciate Happiness in its true nature without finding the opposite of it.
True Happiness is not a simple laugh but it could be a simple laugh hiding in its true deepest meaning. Having the realization and the acceptance that your circumstances will change in a matter of time will give you hope to consider to make it step by step process, that there is no permanent things in this world but change.
Considering that in mind will make your Happiness a well deserve state to make life a meaningful one.