by: Rabbia Sandhu


      Often times I find myself asking, what makes me happy? Some people might answer money, clothes, or even food (because why not?), but happiness is not restricted to materialistic things. When asked about happiness, I can confidently say that my happiness does not rely on the worldly money-oriented items, rather my happiness comes from within. The thought that I am doing what I want makes me happy, and the fact that I can be who I want, makes me happy. All around the world, we see people being judged for who they are, we see people changing their looks, their way of thinking and the way they perceive the world to become the perfect example of happy. It’s commonly misunderstood that happiness can only be achieved if you are perfect, but happiness is not limited to only one kind of perfect.

     Being perfect means making no mistakes and being the same boring person everyone wants you to be, but in the end we are all human. We all make mistakes and perfect does not have to have one meaning, because perfect is defined differently by each person. I make mistakes and I am not the same definition perfect others want me to be, but there is one thing I always keep in mind, a statement that is often heard, but never focused on: ‘be yourself’. It is harder than it sounds and I know it for sure. Though we do not realize it, every day is a new challenge. One day we might feel like we’re on top of the world, but the next day we might feel like everything is closing in on us. And that is when it all changes. We begin to change ourselves, because when people hit rock bottom, they will do just about anything to get back up. But don’t be that person who changes their life style to match those of others. You might think that hitting rock bottom is the worst thing ever, but you also have to see the positive side, because once you hit rock bottom, there is nowhere else to go but up.

    Saying that, I’d just like to send a message to all my fellow MIST competitors that you don’t have to change for anyone. If you want to change, do it for yourself. Be happy with who you are because there is no one in the world like you and you are special. Do what you want for you and no one else. I’d like to freely share my answer with the world. What is my happiness? My happiness is my freedom; my freedom to think, my freedom to live, and my freedom to be who I am because being unique is better than being ‘perfect’.