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Light Amongst the Darkness

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Corbett Photo There is currently a grudge match at the Academy. The dark and cold of winter versus the exasperated cadets who just want to make it to that spring break location. This time of the year is commonly referred to as the “Dark Ages.” The upper-classmen have warned the 4/c of this depressing time at the Academy all year. Now being a part of it, I can’t help but think, why give this time the satisfaction of depressing us all? I began to think of happiness and what it means. What does it take for someone to be happy, here or anywhere? What I came up with is that the pursuit of happiness is a lie. Now hold on, I am not going off the deep end here, I am a very cheery person I love my happiness and optimism.


Here is what struck me though, in my many daydreams. Why does someone always pursue happiness? If you are on a pursuit of happiness doesn’t that mean you are currently not happy, and your goal in life is to become happy? If you follow the pursuit of happiness psychology you are treating a human emotion as an end product of your life plan. I have a quote as the background on my phone so I am always reminded of my recently discovered ideology. This quote reads, “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling” ~ Margaret Runbeck. Think about that for a second. Instead of being on a road to happiness, why not be on a journey of happiness. That probably sounds like something a cheesy children’s author would write, and maybe that is another problem. We all think we are just too grown up and mature for the silliness and games that truly make us happy. Even in the military, it is wake up and smell the coffee, this is real life. Well, I want real life to be fun! I enjoy being a goofy, tall, lanky kid because I am at least enjoying my journey here. I have had, and am being offered, opportunities of a lifetime that a very small group of Americans can say they share, or shared. Why should I be bogged down by a little winter weather? It is a small portion of the year and then it is back to sunny days. Then you and I will have even more reasons to be happy. Keep on trucking through the winter and whatever it is that occupies your time. And of course remember, always look on the bright side of things, and continue on a road of joy not a journey to it.


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