i grew up in an agricultural country, where most people
believe in making the most of today with a rare understanding
on the concept of future planning--they essentially live on a
day to day basis. they learn to enjoy life and to live life in
the present and face little pressure to do otherwise.
this present oriented value is influenced by the buddhist
concept of karma.
the virtues are: mai pen rai (literally, something doesn’t matter)
suggests that adverse outcomes will get better eventually, so one
should not worry about them.
while the value of sanuk (literally, fun and joy) reflects that
the people tend to view life as full of fun and joy and not to be
taken too seriously, even in the context of work
sabai sabai is our version of... hakuna matata.
these values have definitely shaped my views on happiness.
it's not something i long for. or something i search for, because
i've never had a reason to think that it isn't already mine.
even when i want to poopoo on the world, i can't stay in that
mode for too long because... it's much more fun to find something
that makes me happy.
i can never stay unhappy for long.