I realised this recently when a friend and I were asking each other if we were happy. It’s one of those questions that people ask each other often, like happiness as a permanent state of being is attainable.
According to Robert Plutchik, there are eight basic emotions:
And then there’s the emotional spectrum (not the DC Comics version) of feelings that fall in-between, like different shades of… anything but grey.
You get the picture? There are so many emotions that you can feel in one day, and yet we treat happiness as if it’s this destination that we’re heading to. One of my main problems is forgetting to live presently because somewhere out there my happiness awaits – perhaps I’ll find it on Friday, or on the date of my next holiday, or in a big tasty waffle.
You can wish your entire life away and not even realise it. The conclusion I’ve come to is that we’re not all going to be happy or one of its shades 100% of the time, but that’s ok.
So without further ado, I will be feeling all the feelings along the way, and you should too.