A few years ago, I read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. It prompted me to dig deeply into myself and my personal definition of happiness — about whether different things/situations/people make me “happy” because I feel as though they should make me happy, or if those things truly makes me happy. For instance, board games makes me happy. Networking events should make me happy, but they don’t. I’m not really sure about all the things that could make me truly happy, though I’m sure some would seem laughable (see: Catan).
My general point is that I hope to find many things that make my heart sing, even if it seems silly or pointless to everyone else.
This man is Peter Glazebrook, holding his 18-pound onion. This huge vegetable broke the previous world record for largest onion, which Peter had also held.
Look at his face. Look at how happy he is.
For growing a ginormous onion.
Here’s my point (I think): do what makes you happy, even if you have to let your freak flag fly. I bet his mama never envisioned him being famous for harvesting an overgrown vegetable, but that’s okay. Onions are his jams. His happiness was huge onion-growing, and he did it. And I’ll bet you there were some people that called it stupid (probably would have been me at an earlier time). Didn’t matter to Peter, though.
Look at him. His onion makes him happy.
And from where I’m sitting, that’s pretty damn cool.
The take away from this: Don’t scoff at someone else’s version of happy.
Just find your own, regardless of how weird it may be.