However, what my friend's comment did was prompt me to self reflect and think about what it means to be happy.
Many people already heard of Warren Buffet's famous comment on "winning the ovarian lottery" and that many of us (rightfully so) should consider how lucky and blessed we are to have been born during a relatively peaceful time period, to reside in a country where we have the freedoms we do, the opportunities we do, to practice our own beliefs without real fear of persecution, to have a roof over our head and for the most part, have all the basic necessities in life to survive.
This is all great except for the fact that most of us, including myself, still feel like we haven't achieved "true happiness". Maybe it's because we all have different expectations of ourselves and what we expect to have accomplished at this point in our lives.
Recently, I came across this article about how a man pours his heart to the world saying how he realized he wasted his life. The fact that his post has become viral leads me to believe that many of us including myself still struggle to understand how to achieve ultimate happiness.
If you are looking to me to provide you answers to that, you won't find it. I still don't know how to achieve it myself. But the fact that someone else would think that I am his example of happiness makes me smile and realize that life is not that bad if we really think about what we have accomplished and what we already have (health, love from friends and family, peace of mind). That's right, success and happiness should not be measured in dollars and trinkets. We have all persevered through a lot and have come a long way and whether or not we may believe it, we are probably someone's ideal example of happiness.