“Everyone wants to be a star in in a already overcrowded sky” unknown
Just forget all about it, the pursuit of happiness. Just do something that interests you without any thought to it making you happy or not. If you are going to learn piano, just do it. Don’t compare yourself to some famous musician on a Top 40 Billboard music CD that you heard and then get all depressed because you are terrible compared to someone else.
That person probably sacrificed his or her entire life to being good at the piano and being miserable doing it. He or she probably was forced to play for hours at a time in the spring when everyone else was running around happy and running through the trees and playing with dolls. That person probably would rather be doing anything else than playing in some studio, recording a CD to sell to people he or she does not know and does not care about.
Some of the most wonderful paintings I ever saw were in the south side of Chicago where I lived. Urban youth would paint with their hearts, stories about how they grew up. They didn’t care about selling their art, or how they should paint, or anything like that. They never got paid for their work. They simply loved to paint and wanted to express their art anywhere they could do so. They were so absorbed, feeling joyous because they can do what they wanted to do. I met some of them and talk to them.
One thing is certain, if you are pursuing happiness, you will not be there when it comes to your home knocking. Because you are pursuing, you will not be at home. Whenever you try, you will face failure in the long run. That is the paradox of trying. When you stop thinking, and you just be, that you have a chance at finding happiness. You will spend your entire life chasing shadows if you constantly pursue happiness.
People, especially people living in the West (America, Europe) are so busy chasing happiness that it is almost amusing to look at. They are always turned “on”, never “off”. They rush around going nowhere, and the key word is fast. I suppose that if you are going nowhere, you might as well go nowhere as fast as possible. Why not hurry up, even if you have nowhere to go? Americans are like a car with an accelerator and no brake. That is why everyone is on some type of drug, whether it is cigarettes, alcohol, or illegal drugs.
You see people then moving from job to job, trying and thinking they are “trading up”. You see men going to woman to woman, women going from man to man. Buying one business, then selling it and going on to another, all desperately trying to hunt for a shadow. So it seems like everyone else is so happy and so you try to play that game also, only to find out later how boring and pointless that game was.