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The pursuit of happiness

The starting of a new academic year is always an exciting period, especially for first year students. Often there are doubts. Will I be able to keep up with it? Have I made the right choice? These are common concerns. I personally have much still to figure out in my life, but so far I have noticed it is not about right choices. It’s only about being happy. One of the most important and hardest achievements in life, for which there is barely any recipe.

There is a starting point: to know ourselves. It may sound trivial, but it’s one of the most difficult and important things in life. It implies to be truly honest, to understand your strong points and especially weaknesses and limitations. And this is hard. Nobody likes to admit there is something wrong with themselves or their situation. Nobody likes to admit to be unhappy. But once we accept who we are, we can also better understand what we would like to be, and then it’s about to be brave enough to try it out. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work, because it is not about doing everything right, making always the best choice, that’s impossible. What counts is that everything we do, we do it with passion, one hundred percent, and this by itself strangely enough still takes us closer to happiness.

I always wanted to write a book and for many years I didn’t, finding any possible excuse to cover the sad truth I was just afraid to write something ugly. Finally I realize that that’s ok, we are not all born writers, but at least I will have tried, without fearing criticisms. Half of the criticisms we receive in our lives are just from people who envy us because we have tried to do something they were not brave enough to try, so afraid to do it wrong.

Life is such a unique experience that it is worth not to waste time to pretend to be what we are not. We’d better dedicate ourselves to pursue happiness.

 

Pietro Bonizzi, Assistant Professor at Knowledge Engineering

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