People chase money, men chase women, women chase men, some chase knowledge, many chase money, but unequivocally everyone agrees that they chase happiness.
For many life is a pursuit of happiness, only for some it is filled with happiness. But the real happiness is where you felt satisfied and not chasing the happiness itself. That is where you feel happy for what you doing or thinking, but not definitely about thinking about you. The mental space where you forget yourself and merge one another with your action and thoughts.
Just a day before his death, Einstein in agony suffering a lot and not even to lift his head from his hospital bed, he asked his assistant Dukas to get him his glasses, papers, and pencil, and he proceeded to jot down a few calculations.
From the notes of biographer Walter Isaacson, he asked for pen, paper and his glass for jotting down some equations on Unified Field theory and went to sleep when he can no longer do the work as the pain becomes excruciating.
The words might have been those of the Shema, the opening lines of the prayer that is considered to be the essence of Judaism. They are “Sh’ma yisro-ayl, adonoy elo-haynu, adonoy echod.” They appear in Deuteronomy 6:4 and translate “The Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One.”
One thing he has done until his death is work, the job he loved to do, as passion. He and his work are one. When you and your thought become one, it becomes one with action. Becoming one with the “one”, one with God. Instead of God, atheists can assume it as happiness.
“Genius is one percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.” Einstein crisply said.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
When I say work, it is not your career, it is action, something we do without anyone’s push, a goal attached, that is our life’s path. The progress of your thoughts to action is life or work. As simply said by Einstein, “Work is the only thing that gives substance to life.”
Newton was later asked how he discovered the law of gravity. He replied:
“By thinking about it all the time.”
In short, Find out what you do best; then, find out your passion or love to do it; then, get a job that can pay you for what you will do, most importantly do things that is good for humanity as a whole, not for any individual. Read more about this 4 point checklist, ikigai.