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Are you happier now than 5 years ago?

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1. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member, 137 posts) 16 Aug '05 06:21

I can say I am happier now- Career and singlehood. I overcome the need of having someone by my side. Not for now, maybe for some time.

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5322 posts) 16 Aug '05 06:36

Hmm...you've got me thinking now Abby...

There are definitely some areas of my life that I feel glad to have left behind. At the same time, there are aspects of my life that I miss from that time.

5 years ago I was half way through university. I was living in Dublin and I loved it there! I was head over heels in love and everything was great! (apart from the odd overdue essay! )

Now, I'm minus the love of my life (well, almost - we stay in touch), I'm back living with my parents for the time being, and life is decidely quieter. But, at 26 I feel that I have really grown into myself, I know what I want (most of the time), I'm pretty much free as a bird, and I'm planning a round the world trip!!

Eh, doesnt really answer the question.....

3. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member, 137 posts) 16 Aug '05 07:06

Quoting samsara2

At 26 I feel that I have really grown into myself, I know what I want (most of the time), I'm pretty much free as a bird, and I'm planning a round the world trip!!

I am so happy for you! Knowing what you want and what you really wanna be is an essential key to find happiness.:) RTW? That's wonderful! Go Girl! Take me with you..

4. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member, 137 posts) 16 Aug '05 07:11

ahh no.. don't take me with you. I noticed the thread solo travel that you started and I am always been a solo traveler myself.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 16 Aug '05 09:57

Yes! Five years ago, I was in a relationship that had just about worn itself out, and I was altogether not very happy. Since then, I've lived on my own (for the first time ever), travelled alone (and more than I ever have before), changed jobs, met an exceptional Irishman, and feel like I've finally carved a place for myself. It's not all peaches and cream, but I'd definitely say I'm a whole lot happier now.

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru, 8468 posts) 16 Aug '05 10:01

Life just gets better and better......seriously! Live and learn..it is the only way! :)

7. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member, 557 posts) 16 Aug '05 15:06

wow, 5 years for me is like a fourth of my life. when i was 13, i was pretty miserable. just moved to FL, hated EVERYTHING, but when it boils down to it i learned so much about everything, including myself becuase i was forced into total change (moving from NY to FL) so yea im definitely much happier now. if you asked me if i am as happy now as i was a year or two ago, id still say yea, but it would be a bit iffy cuase the past few years of my life have been downright amazing. i still feel so naive cause of my age though

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 16 Aug '05 16:46

That's a tough one to answer.

In August of 2000 (exactly five years ago), I actually was pretty happy. I was living in Denver (which I loved) and was smitten with a very pretty girl (who I later fell madly in love with). So in the fall of 2000 I was very happy. Probably a little happier in 2000 than am now, because right now I am not in love.

Now, backtrack to October of 1999 through May of 2000, and I was absolutely miserable. My mother had just died, I was stuck in a job I hated, my roommate was dating this horrific woman who I hated (and she was in the apartment ALL THE TIME), I was ill (neck problems) and often in pain and I hated living in Toronto. So I am definately happier now in 2005 than I was in May of 2000, because of all the afformentioned bad things.

Also, if we look at the late winter or early spring of 2001, and I was very miserable again. Things with the pretty girl turned very sour, I was drinking too much and coming to the realization that I never really dealt with my mother's death a year and a half earlier. So, I am definately happier now (2005) than I was in earlier 2001 (4 1/2 years ago).

So, I guess the answer is mostly, yes, happier, though maybe not specifically happier if we get down to the specific month of August.

Make sense?

9. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member, 903 posts) 16 Aug '05 16:51

Quoting GregW

So, I guess the answer is mostly, yes, happier, though maybe not specifically happier if we get down to the specific month of August.

Ah but Greg you forgot that now here in August 2005 you have a wonderful TP family & your own pom pom waving cheerleading sqaud

10. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member, 245 posts) 16 Aug '05 17:58

I dont know if I can say I am happier, but my life is much more fulfilled. 5 Years ago I was in a relationship which was about to reach the point of wearing thin (or in the stage where I was totally ignorant of the possibility of what was coming). I was just starting uni for the first time and not sure of myself or of where I was going. To be honest I was not doing a great deal, just a full time student. Since then I have crammed as much uni study into my time as possible, got a few degrees and spent a great deal of time trying to work out what I want to get out of life. I am still at uni, this time I have my sights on a career path and I am really enjoying what I am studying (law). Now, I have almost no free time- working fulltime during the day and studying fulltime at night (literally 5 nights of class a week).I have way too much on my plate at the moment but it is quite satisfying. I seem to be more conscious about things in terms of buying a house, finding a career, but most importantly, I am travelling as much as possible when I can! I seem to be caught in a cycle of constantly saving for trips that may or may not happen and its good!

so, 5 years ago- doing nothing/going nowhere/oblivious to reality/quite happy
Now- travelling/studying/working/no free time/ but happy and content with things for the time being.

Hmm... that was longer than I thought
Alex