When I was in high school I was sure that once I moved out of my parents' house and into my college dorm, I would finally be happy.
When I was in college I was sure I'd be happy once I graduated and didn't have the stress of midterms and finals hanging over me.
When I was done with college, I thought I'd be happy once I had a good, full time job with benefits.
When I had a good, full time job with benefits I was sure I'd be happy once I paid off my student loans and wasn't living paycheck to paycheck.
Once I had my school loans paid off and wasn't living paycheck to paycheck, I was certain I'd be happy if I could only get a boyfriend.
Once I had a boyfriend, I thought I'd be happy once I lost 40 pounds.
Once I lost 40 pounds, I was certain I'd be happy when my boyfriend and I lived in the same zip code.
Once my boyfriend and I lived in the same zip code, I knew I'd be happy once we were engaged.
Once we were engaged, happiness was only dependent upon being married and the stress of wedding planning being lifted off our shoulders.
Once we were married, I was certain I'd be happy once I had a cat.
Now, we are married. I don't have midterms or finals to deal with, we aren't living paycheck to paycheck. I have a cat, and while I've gained back some of the weight I lost, I've also gained some wisdom since then.
If you're living your life constantly waiting for the next chapter in life, you'll never be happy. There's a quote I love that says, "There is always, always, always something to be thankful for." While I don'd condone the use of a preposition as the last word of a sentence, I sure do love that quote. No matter where you are in life there is a reason to be thankful, and a reason to be happy. Circumstances don't determine your happiness. Money doesn't determine your happiness. Men don't determine your happiness. You, and only you, determine your happiness, and if you're constantly waiting for the next life event or for circumstances to change, you'll only be fruitlessly chasing your happiness.