I Hope You’re Happy

Christopher Gardner: Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me.
CG: All right?
Young Christopher: All right.
From the movie The Pursuit of Happyness

I bought a bike. It is second hand. When I brought it home, everyone was so excited. Finally we can all go out and see the world. But wait. The chain is broken. The reflectors are missing. The brakes are not working.

The next morning I went to see a friend. My friend called one of his other friends who knew about bikes. He was THE expert on bikes. I asked him, what’s wrong with my bike. My friend’s friend looked at me and said, This bike just needs some fixing. So off they went with my bike. They also asked me to give them 50 pesos for the replacement of parts and labor. I obliged.

The next day, I got a text message from my partner. YOU’RE BIKE IS JUNK. YOU SHOULD GIVE IT BACK. YOU’VE BEEN HAD! Whoa, slow down. What do you mean? YOU’RE FRIENDS TRICKED YOU INTO BUYING THIS JUNK BIKE. GIVE IT BACK OR YOU’LL LOSE ME!!! IT’S AN OMEN.

Whoa?! Wait? Before I knew it, my partner left…I was left hanging with my mouth open.

It was the first second hand bike that I bought. But now I’m selling it. I went back to retrace my steps hoping to understand what I did wrong. I was not able to explain it clearly. Why the second hand bike needed more fixing. My partner believes that I was wrong to have bought that bike. So I should return it, and get back my money. Okay. Point taken.

Hmmm…but what pushed my partner to leave? My pride? Nope. My foolishness? Nope. My lack of trust for his judgment? Nope. So what’s wrong? And then I remembered Christopher Gardner saying:

It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?

This is a fictional story, guys. But it is based on reality. I think that movie has really left a mark.

So this part of my life is called, “being lost and angry.”

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Erwin Oliva

Putting a dent on the universe one day at a time