“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.” — Gautama Buddha
We all want to feel happy in our lives, and each one of us has different ways of getting there. We do so many things and work for it every day. However, in the rat race, we are now being driven by materialistic goals. This is not our fault but we are hard-wired because of our current materialistic culture. But the truth about happiness is its an act of sacrifice. Many people will find this difficult to understand but the truth is there is no greater joy than sacrificing something of yours for the happiness of others. The feeling that you can make some other person’s life better and become a reason behind their smile will always cheer you up.
We came across such a heartwarming story of a 24-year-old who believes sacrifice for your loved ones doesn’t bring you sadness. The story was posted by Humans of Bombay on their facebook page.
Here’s his full story:
“I was always a bright student and enjoyed studying — while others were cooking up excuses to bunk school, I was looking forward to the homework and learning more. My parent’s invested all their savings in my education and my whole family believed that I had it in me to get a degree, break the cycle of dropping out and make it out of poverty.
But 1 year into college, we suddenly lost our parents to an accident. All of us a sudden, at 18 I went from being a boy with dreams to the man of the house, responsible for my two younger siblings. I didn’t want to drop out, but what choice did I have? I dropped out and began to work — at first, I earned just about enough to feed us, but I started working overtime and took on part-time work to save more and all our lives became happier and better as we were able to afford more.
And I’ve saved the best news for last — with all my savings I’m also able to afford my sister’s wedding. I’m 24 myself, but after my parents passed away, I began to look at her more like my daughter — every minute of hard work has been worth it because she’s so happy…we just bought her wedding outfit together. I’m going to give her away at the wedding too, and my heart is overflowing with emotions. I finally understand why to sacrifice for your loved ones doesn’t bring you sadness — it gives you unparalleled happiness. All their dreams are my dreams now, and I know I couldn’t get a degree, but I hope my parents are proud of me wherever they are.”
We are proud of you too dude! You are an inspiration to everyone struggling in their lives!