mckarlie

I have happiness in my heart and a thorn in my soul

How much does our happiness depend on those around us?

on September 3, 2013

Yesterday I read a blog urging us to take ownership of our own happiness, not to try to meet the needs of others but meet our own needs and get happy with ourselves. This made me think about how much my happiness depends on how the relationships in my life are going, what state they are in, and how this is dysfunctional.

I have put a lot of stock in trying to make others happy, the more happy i feel i’m making others the more happy i feel myself, while not actually being happy WITH myself. I know a lot of people with bipolar or depression are more sensitive to the relationships in their lives so I wonder how many other people are doing this, trying to ‘feel’ happy by meeting other peoples needs as opposed to being introspective and dealing with ourselves and our own true happiness.

Ultimately, making ourselves happy and being happy with ourselves is a difficult thing to do. For a lot of us, we have had trauma in the past and have a lot of issues to work through, we have low self esteem because of events that have happened so being happy with ourselves seems an abstract concept, something that will happen one day when i’m old. I always figured i was doing the right thing because they tell you that making others happy is a good thing, but when you do it in place of taking care of yourself, it’s more of a coping mechanism than truly giving.

I have had many many friendships in my life and have a gazillion facebook friends but only a small handful of real friends, i feel quite lonely a lot of the time.When things are going well with my friends and they seem happy with me and we are talking often and interacting, i feel better about myself. When we aren’t interacting as much and i perceive there to be a possible issue or potential problem, i let it fester and it affects my whole outlook on life. If i were truly happy with myself then my mood would be more stable independent of what state my relationships were in, i would of course care if there were a problem with a friend but it wouldn’t affect me as much as it does now.

Realizing that i do this is only the first step, I’ve only recently dug up repressed memories of sexual abuse that occurred 25 years ago, and still have a planet of issues to deal with around my mother’s second husband and the way he physically mentally and emotionally abused me along with the abandonment issues i have with my mother herself. I feel like i’m a teeny tiny person standing at the foot of a great big mountain with no climbing equipment, but i have will, and to be completely cliche, where there’s a will there’s a way.

I wonder just how many of us deflect our own happiness in this way, because looking at this great big mountain is scary shit, and it would be easier not to do it, but the blog i read yesterday was right, i have to get happy with myself. Once I’m happy with myself i think i’ll have a lot less issues with my friends because i wont be putting that pressure on myself and them for things to be ‘perfect’ all the time.

I’m interested in thoughts and opinions on this so please feel free to share if you have anything to say.

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11 responses to “How much does our happiness depend on those around us?

  1. YES! I spent so long trying to please my ex that I got hauled over the coals myself as a result. I realise now I do try to please others instead of being happy with myself. I am going to work on that in therapy. x

    • mckarlie says:

      I think it’s easy for us to distract ourselves from working on our own happiness by focusing on trying to make others happy, it also gives us a sense of worth because it is a noble thing to try to do albeit dysfunctional. I’ll be working on it in therapy myself 🙂

      • Yes, that’s so true. Yet another form of self medication, if you will… Maybe we have already started working on this to a certain extent because we have realised it. Xx

      • mckarlie says:

        Yep, half the battle with personal issues is realizing you have one in the first place. This blog has been so helpful, I’m learning so much about myself and getting outside perspective can help so much. I think we will get there 🙂

      • I completely get it. I have learned a lot about myself too through writing this, and I hope that I will learn enough to start turning myself around. Tomorrow is the 5th. Wish me luck. xx

      • mckarlie says:

        I emailed you hun, let me know what’s going on. My thoughts are with you xo

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  3. Aimer Shama says:

    My life changed when I fell in love because I’m a hopeless romantic and a drama queen (but I’m straight) and all I needed was the girl that saved my life who is now my wife.

    • mckarlie says:

      Yeah marriage and partners are different to friends in general because you do need to prioritize their needs but it’s all about balance and finding a way of finding our own true independent happiness within.

  4. Reblogged this on Rogue Adoptee and commented:
    Guilty…

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