To me, happiness is to be able to sleep peacefully every night without any worries and guilt.
As I grow older, I’m starting to see changes in the way I feel and view things around me.
In the past, I spend $100 – $200 easily over a weekend. Buy some clothes and gadgets. Spend some money in the restaurants and cafes. However, once the novelty wears off, I’m seeking the next purchase to fill the void left behind.
Nowadays, I find happiness in giving. Not giving to the merchants. But to people who need them. Like the people in the streets. Buskers. Charities.
I also enjoy taking money home. Give a little more to my mother, my wife and my grandmother. That makes me very, very happy.
I can remember vividly as my wife and I walked along Da Dong Hai Bay, Sanya. Our feet sank into the soft sands with every step we took. While strolling, we talked about life and happiness. We also talked about our future and appreciated how blessed we were.
On other days, we will be at our own office slogging away. Only to spend the last 3 or 4 hours together at home.
That’s the best thing about travelling together. We are “forced” to spend time together. Being in a faraway place. Just the two of us. Planning our itinerary together. Making decisions together.
Sometimes we have our differences. Differences on what to eat, where to go, and how much is our budget.
But at the end of the day, we not only learn how to resolve our differences, we also get to enjoy one another’s company.