“Know your own happiness.”Jane Austen 

Happiness is relative

something you can’t get generic,

over the counter at your local drugstore.


it’s something personal

and annoying

because it’s always one step ahead 

just around the corner

the light at the end of the tunnel.

Happiness is the friend that’s always late

and to be honest, a little self important.

Sometimes you think this is it:

the moment that i’m finally going to be happy.

And that when you realize

it’s a scam,

you can’t chase happiness.

But that’s the secret.

You can’t chase happiness.

Happiness it seems, finds you

in the most unexpected of places

often alone

and unprepared.

But when it does

it’s a beautiful thing

and in that moment you’re so glad

that happiness isn’t just some generic thing.

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Written by

Hannah Van Essen

Hannah Van Essen, junior, loves reading and writing. She is particularly excited to further her own creative writing skills this year. Hannah’s favorite piece of literature is the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She is currently the Assistant Director of OLu’s King Author and anticipating a fantastic premiere.