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Happy Summer!

Suzanne Howey, Staff writer

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Summer is upon us, America. Now that students have been liberated from the dreaded windowless classrooms, it is time to take a vacation, get a job, watch ball games, go to the drive-in, eat lots of ice cream, go swimming all the time, and finally sleep in. If you are like me, summer always seems way busier than movies like High School Musical 2 make it out to be. So busy that I might forget to enjoy what I am busying myself with.

THAT is a problem, especially because this beautiful country was founded so people could more simply be happy with life. Work, religion, living arrangements, even the price of tea—the entire country was designed because a group of revolutionists wanted to love life more. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that some truths are, “…self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Everyone on this earth has a right to, at the very least, pursue Happiness. Some very lucky ones will arrive at this Happiness Jefferson speaks of, but it may take a while for people to realize what it really is and how it is achieved.

I propose that Happiness is found in the very pursuit, that Happiness is found in enjoyment of a busy schedule: waking up, going to work, watching your little sister play softball even though its 8,000 degrees outside and you forgot sunglasses so the sun and the dirt are in your eyes. No one will find Happiness if they put all of their energy into finding it.

So, by all means, dump the tea into the harbor. Just make sure to be happy with dumping out the tea instead of expecting Happiness to come from a summertime/lifetime of dumping tea. Or whatever.

I hope you enjoy all the little things, live without expectations, and be happy with the pursuit this summer.

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