chase happiness

man sitting on a bench

There are many things I think I would tell my younger self but the biggest one of them all is not to worry about finances: Don’t chase the dollar, chase the happiness.

The modern world we live in is a monetary-based system. It’s very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and demand material possessions. Modern belief has taught us as people that success has nothing to do with who you are as a person and who you help but instead what vehicle you drive or how many bedrooms are inside your house.

I was taught that we have a short life on this earth and do what you love while you’re in this life because before you realize it the Creator will call you back to the Spirit world.

To me, richness and success has nothing to do with money or materialized possessions. To me, success has everything to do with who you help on this earth, who you help in your community as well as how you love individuals.

I’ve always had a desire to be here for, walk with, and support my Indigenous community as well help our urban communities be a healthy and happy place to live for
everyone. Today that is what I do. I am a release from custody: corrections case manager and I help my Indigenous Brothers and Sisters who have been involved with the criminal justice system become healthy mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Do what you love. Help as many people as you can. Love and be loved, and always strive for truth and happiness. Don’t get caught up worrying about where the next dollar is; that’s not what life is here to teach you.

– Travis, empathetic, compassionate, energetic, friendly, kind, loving, family-oriented, respectful, proud Métis citizen, father