I have a confession to make: I have a deep fear of being happy.
Obtaining happiness is something that I have been dreaming of all of my life, but do not know how to keep it once I receive it.
Throughout my life, I have suffered through major hardships. When I was nine, my brother was murdered and within a year later, my father passed away due to kidney failure and other health issues. After those two ordeals alone, I was struggling with severe depression in my pre-teens and teenage years. It was extremely difficult for me to find happiness due to me not seeking therapy for the losses I had in my childhood. What put the icing on the cake was losing one of my best friends due to police brutality when I was 16. My friend's death brought in a new perspective to my prolonged sadness—I need to appreciate life.
Life is such a precious gift and I should cherish every moment of my life by living the way I want and having peace, love and happiness. This led me to go on a happiness journey at 18. I was determined to let go of my depression and to find true happiness and fulfillment in life. I broke up with my high school sweetheart because we grew apart and the person I fell in love with was no longer the guy I was dating.
[Tweet "I knew I deserved something more than mediocre love. "]
I went to a university in a small town and I strived to follow my dreams regardless of my family's lack of support. Fast forward to five years later, I am a college graduate, working from home as a freelance fashion and beauty writer, have an amazing boyfriend, and have my family and friends' support. My life has not been this awesome in a long time, yet I still search for problems in my life. I look for issues because I never had long-term happiness, and I'm scared to lose this blissful joy.
I find myself investigating my intimate relationship with my boyfriend as well as friendships in my life from time to time due to my fear of being happy. I would snoop through my boyfriend's phone to read his text messages and to check his call log to find a small reason to pick a fight. When my boyfriend would not answer my call or text, I would over analyze things and imagine the worst. He never gave me a reason not to trust him, yet I questioned things in our relationship quite often.
With my friends, I did not call or text them unless they hit me up first. I avoided the feeling of rejection from my friends by not communication first and it took a toll on my previous friendships. Also, as soon as a friend hurt my feelings once, I withdraw from the relationship slowly without trying to work it out. In the past, I boasted on having a rather strong cut off game when it came to friendships and I am ashamed of that now. I knew that doing these things were wrong, but I continued to act on them. There’s a little voice in my head that tells me that I won’t have this blissful feeling forever, and sometimes I let it overtake me. My fear of being happy has taught me that my struggle with depression may be a life-long battle, but I cannot let it control my life. I am always searching for a solution for this horrid pattern.
I found guidance in a quote that I found while browsing Pinterest on a random day.
[Tweet "There's got to be rain in your life, to appreciate the sunshine"]
This quote defines my current view on happiness. I understand that I will not be happy everyday and that it is normal to not always have a good day. However, I cannot let my sadness last forever due to insecurity and negative thoughts. I am taking my changing perspective on happiness day-by-day. I am proud of myself for admitting my issue and seeking guidance to pursue a better, healthier lifestyle.
I do not know what the future holds for me, but I pray and strive for happiness everyday. My happiness comes before everything and yours should too.
What are you doing to maintain your happiness?