I believe people should be more focused on what brings them happiness


Emma Jordan

People should be more focused on what brings them happiness.

Whenever I play games with my sister, she gets really upset over losing. At first, she’ll be excited to play, but that quickly deteriorates into outrage. If I shoot a red shell at her in Mario Kart and knock her into last place, the game we’re playing will turn into more of an argument. For someone who doesn’t swear, she has a way with words. She’ll say, “I’ll stab you with a fork!” or something similar. A few days ago, her and my mother were playing Wii Sports and she had a smile on her face, happy to relax for a while. That was, until she started losing. After losing a single game of tennis, she screamed at my mother and stomped around the house yelling at me just because I walked in front of the TV, until my mother put her in her room.

Everyone has heard the line, “it’s not about winning,” but nobody really listens to it until they realize how true that is. I don’t just mean about games, either. When most people enter their adult lives, they’re more focused on how to make the most money, or how to become successful. They don’t think about their own well-being. What is everyone working for, if not to be happy? I’ve seen my mother running around the house, stressed beyond belief, day after day for my entire life. I guess her goal is retirement, but that’s so late in life to work on yourself. Especially when entering college, virtually all decisions in life are up to you. Make the choices that will bring you the most happiness. We’re alive for about 90 years, and you really only have 70 of them to live your life. There’s no time to make yourself miserable. This, I believe.