Through most of my teen years I have been searching for the one thing or one person or one place that would make me just undeniably happy. More than anything else in the world, something I could always find joy in. I thought that if I could find this one source I could start “living the life” I’ve always wanted, whatever that means. This has been my excuse. I would say, “once I find what I am passionate about I will really start being me.” I was determined to find this one thing that would flip the switch in my head and I can say wow I finally found it. I have wasted so much of my life looking for something better instead of embracing what I have here, now. I’m not unhappy at all, I have a very fulfilling and amazing life. But I guess we’re always looking for that something extra. I consider myself an optimistic person, always trying to see the glass half full. So I am in no way saying there isn’t more out there. There most certainly is, and I can’t wait to discover it. But the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Make the most of what you have, and find your own happiness in your every day routines. Work on yourself, share your love with everyone you meet, and make people want to get to know you. Happiness can be found in so many things, people, or places. It doesn’t have to be something new and shiny. There will always be something better out there, but just because it’s better you have to think if it’s really better for you. So as I’ve grown, I now realize this just isn’t realistic. Thinking about the future and what’s beyond what you know is so important and even more exciting. But you don’t have to figure it all out at once and especially as a teenager. You have your whole life to find what makes you happiest so don’t spend it all searching. Don’t get so caught up in hunting happiness that you can’t see it may be hunting you too.