“There comes a time in life where you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus soley on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.”
What do you think of this quote? I read it and loved it right away, but I’ve been thinking it over. On the surface it sounds very liberating. But I wonder about the people you leave behind. I agree that “pointless drama” should be avoided. If there isn’t a point to the drama, then by definition it won’t lead to a new understanding or point. And I agree that the people creating the pointless drama are to be avoided, at least at times, if you can’t remain positive in their presence. But this should not mean we write them out of our lives.
Although this quote sounds liberating, it’s a liberty gained by retreating. Sure, you can surround yourselves with happy-go-lucky friends who make you laugh. I bet it would be a lot of fun. But what about those other people in your life that are not so happy? Do they deserve to be abandoned because they don’t make you feel good?
I don’t think life is too short to be anything but happy, if it’s at the expense of other people. Call me a do-good-er, but I love my friends even when they’re sad or angry, depressed or confused, and I like to hang out with them even if they don’t make me feel like laughing.
I think Steve Jobs is expressing a selfish attitude. You’re number one and only things that make you happy are worth doing? Right? I don’t believe that. I think relationships are sometimes very difficult, and when we’re in those relationships it sometimes becomes dramatic. Sometimes it feel pointless. So what? Do you think it’s better to tear families and friendships apart because you just want to feel happy all the time? Are you entitled to a life of pure happiness?
To me this is a selfish attitude, and frankly, one that is juvenile. I hope we all have deeper relationships with people than what’s implied in that quote, that we care enough about others to stay with them through rough times, when they might be stuck and trying to work something out. Don’t give up on them because they don’t bring a smile to your lips whenever you’re together.
You’d want a friend to do the same for you.