A friend of mine had this picture/meme thing posted on Facebook today, which read, “Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.”
And how fucking awesome is that? As a society, we are moving away from measuring ourselves based on the amount of money we have in our bank accounts, we are moving away from the keeping up with that Jones’s mentality.
We are the next generation and we are basing our richness on the degree to which we are happy. And in so doing, we are becoming happier with ourselves and kinder to those around us.
And being kind is so cool. Because, you know what? I don’t want to compete with anyone anymore. I’m so tired of being competitive. Unless of course we’re playing a drinking game. Then bring it on!
This openness and acceptance that we are moving towards is the way of the future, this kinda universal understanding that we are all equal and that we all hurt. That we all need and deserve the same equal and fair opportunities. That we all deserve kindness and that we need to be kind is a new and powerful way of being.
We are discovering a new truth. We are moving closer to a more purposeful way of being. As a people, we are better able to connect with and understand that we are not alone in our own difficulties. And so, we are saying, you know, let’s throw out everything else and let’s be kind.
We are saying, I don’t need to appear to be doing better than you are. Because at the end of the day, you and I are the same.
The amount of degrees I have, how big my house is, how much money is in my bank account is not a precursor to my success. Because success is not a tangible thing. Success and the feeling of success is and should be correlated with ones own unique degree of happiness.
And with inner peace, comes happiness. And aren’t those three words just beautiful to read. Inner peace. Happiness.
Let’s try four words. Inner peace. Happiness. Freedom.
When we are happy, when we are at peace with ourselves, there’s this overriding sense of freedom. Like we are free to just live this life and to enjoy it.
And happiness can mean different things for different people. But regardless of what that looks like for you, it’s the most valuable asset that we each have. And that we can possibly have.
There’s this post by John Lennon, that I absolutely love. It goes like this,
“When I was five years old my mother always told me happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. And I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Isn’t that just so, so freakin’ powerful? These guys, you know, John Lennon, and Bob Dylan, these people are my idols. My heros. They wrote the most inspiring lyrics, that were both political and nonconforming in a time when acceptance of differences was, well, oh so rare.
They helped catalyze and fuel a powerful political movement towards societal change. Towards peace and love and freedom.
And that’s why I love their music. Because that stuff just resonates with my soul. They are/were, at least in my opinion, responsible for helping to rally together “the people,” to begin this movement into the future.
This movement where happiness is the new rich. Where inner peace determines our wealth. Where being kind is the new cool.
Yep, in the words of my most favourite artist,
The Times They Are a Changin’