What makes you happy? Pause, think about it. After you read this, go do it. Or at least plan to do it. Life is too short not to make time for what makes you happy.
Growing up people always asked me, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" and my answer after about the third grade on was "to be happy". People were usually quite taken aback by that response, as most of the time the answer they got was anywhere from "I want to be a doctor" to "I have no idea." Now that I'm a university student people often ask me "what are you majoring in?". Well, world, I haven't picked a major quite yet. I'm lucky enough to go to a university that understands that 18-year-olds often have no real idea of what they want to do until they take some serious classes in it, many of which they did not have the opportunity to take in high school. Right now, I'm thinking communications with a minor in studio art, or something else that I find that tickles my fancy as I continue my studies, yet my answer could still be the same. I want to do something that makes me happy, I want to study something that makes me happy.
Whenever possible, if I can take a break from studying or going to classes, I go out to photograph, even if it's just while walking to the library or to a meeting. I doodle on my iPad or practice calligraphy on scrap paper that I don't need any more from a class. I consider myself to be a creative person, I always have been. When I was in my sophomore year of high-school I went to a Clemson vs. Notre Dame football game with my dad. While we were in the Clemson area he found an art talk that was done through the school not too far away from where we were staying, and we decided to check it out. I distinctly remember this artist speaking, her name was Lily (I still follow her on social media, she rocks), and she talked about how she was a creative. A term I had never heard before, but instantly fell in love with the minute she said it. I think that it distinctly describes who I am, a creative. Not only does my creativity come through I'm my work as a photographer, but it also shows through in my personal work, my doodles, the letters I write to friends, the assignments I turn into my classes, and in every aspect of my life. I do my best to be creative in every aspect of my life because it truly makes me happy, like nothing else. I’m inspired by the world around me, and everyone around me can attest to that. When I'm walking down the street with my friends or family they’ll often be telling me something and turn to realize, after I don’t respond for a while, to see that I’m a way back, squatting, sitting, or laying on the ground taking a photo. I find hearts in puddles and people in the clouds, to list just a few. I have over 13,000 photos on my iPhone not to mention the millions I have on external hard-drives, computers, and the cloud.
Being a creative to me is about being happy. It’s about falling in love with everything you see because the world has too much bad in it not to enjoy the little things, not to be happy with what is inherently good. There’s too much hate in the world not to love the good, the little things in life that make life worth living.