Happiness, was it?
Why, it truly eludes me
the more I chase it

06/04/2017 8:13 pm || 06/07/2017 12:35 am

Title from Brian Anthony Peralta.

Photo of a scene from Kotonoha no Niwa taken from Google Images.

Remember those times when you’re in elementary school and it’s almost the start of classes so you go out and buy fresh, new school supplies?

Or that time you were craving for fries and you got it? Hot and crispy and in your favorite flavor too. Just for you.

Or that moment when you get a test you know you probably failed back and then you realize you passed? By one freaking point.

Yes, we know that feeling all too well. It’s what we call happiness.


Everybody wants to be happy. It’s what people strive. It’s what some people spend their whole lives searching for. It’s what we want to be.

But happiness is elusive. A quote from one my high school notebooks says so too. It goes like this:

“Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”



I know what you’re thinking. A deep quote for a kid’s notebook but that’s life.

Anyway, I really found that quote really true. I seem to come across happiness when I am not exactly looking for it (like stuff we need, I guess. You know, showing up when we don’t need it then disappearing into oblivion when we need it. You know, that kind of stuff).

And for me, it helps that we really live in the moment. I am not saying that we shouldn’t care about our future and go YOLO all the time, but “right now” is really what we have and we should really try to make the most of it. A wise fictional character once said,

“The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

(it turns out that that fictional character got the quote from a real live person but that’s not the point so moving on…)

It’s a present and like all presents, we should treasure it and do our best to make the most of it.  And let’s not forget to be thankful to the giver of the gift, ok? It’s great to be grateful.


And to end thispost, I would like to quote what my favorite band The Script said as they ended their No Sound Without Silence conert tour in Manila with fans turning on their cellphone lights and waving them in the dark creating a sea of lights.

“Let’s live in the moment, yeah?”

P.S. I know a lot of people today experiencing felicity and I am taking this opportunity to greet them on their recognition day.

Congratulations, UPM CAMPers batch 2017! I wish you, guys, all the best! Omedatou! ^_^


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