Why I’m Done Chasing a Happy Life

I was recently listening to an episode of the Art of Manliness Podcast, which hosted renowned professor Jordan B. Peterson on his book the 12 Rules Of Life.

About 40 minutes into the conversation Peterson says something that resonates with me strongly (and this is slightly paraphrased):

To pursue a happy life is childish.

There’s going to be suffering anyways. You want a goal that makes your life worth it. To live your life in a manner that justifies its suffering.

If you’re looking for meaning in your life, it’s simple: there’s chaos to confront, order to establish and revivify, and evil to constrain.

And I think that relates with Simon Sinek’s idea of Finding Your Why. Your Why is the reason that justifies all of the setbacks. It keeps you motivated throughout the struggle of life.

Pursuing happiness and a stress-free life is impossible. There will always be struggle, and pain to attain the things that are truly valuable. We have to explore life, practice our crafts, build discipline, and be courageous in our moments of fear so that we can live honestly.

These are sacrifices we must make to have a fulfilling life.

To quote Bruce Lee, “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”.

Let's struggle together towards a future worth living.