Happiness and Sadness

A little while back I blogged about how hard life can be for some people and how unequipped some people are to deal with life.

Since that blog we have had the sad news of the death of actor Robin Williams. The world has been touched by his life and death, Robin was renowned for his ability to make millions around the world smile and laugh with his body of work but the way of his passing has brought many to tears.

Success doesn’t mean that life is easy. Success should never be counted as the fame someone achieves or the money they make but how they deal with the day to day realities of life. Even the most so called “successful” people need help and support.

As humans we are good at showing different sides of ourselves to different people. It seems sometimes in life the hardest thing is to be honest as to be honest requires a lot of bravery. I think we as the human race take things at face value a lot of the time and don’t want to see the signs that other people may be struggling. We don’t take the time to actually invest in people, to make sure they are ok in all aspects of their life. I think many of us our scared to go up to someone and ask them if they are ok.

I think when things like this happen like unexpected deaths it makes me appreciate the smaller things in life and reminds me again how important happiness is. One instance of this happened to me this weekend that I would like to share:

I was walking away from Home Park home of English football team Plymouth Argyle after commentating on their 3 – 0 win over local rivals Exeter. As I was walking I noticed a disabled fan with a Plymouth hat, coat and scarf on and he had the broadest smile and was waving his Plymouth scarf in the air with reckless abandon. I don’t know the man I saw but I can only imagine the hardships he had faced in his life but for that moment that experience made his day and I have to say it made my day too. I think we all need to be a bit more appreciative of what we have and the things we take for granted.

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2 thoughts on “Happiness and Sadness

  1. Great post! It’s interesting how ‘success’ has come to be defined in today’s world. You’re exactly right, most people think it’s synonymous with fame and wealth, rather than personal growth, relationships, etc.

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  2. Awesome post and a great reminder that we should systematically examine our value system and readjust it to include all that we are thankful for rather than all we lack.

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