"I realize that throughout my life, I have been searching for something. I have been searching for happiness, fulfillment, meaning. And in the process, I have learned many things.
I have learned that happiness is not something that can be directly sought. It is a state that comes from within, from acceptance of oneself and the world around us.
I have learned that fulfillment is not found in external success, in money, in fame. It is found in the connection with oneself and others, in the ability to create and express oneself.
And I have learned that the meaning of life is not something that can be found in a book or a theory. It is something that must be created, something that is built through our own experiences and reflections.
In summary, I have learned that life is a journey, not a destination. That there is no single answer to the big questions of existence, but many possible answers. And that the most valuable thing we can have is curiosity, openness, the ability to keep learning and growing throughout our lives".
Excerpt from The diary of Anaïs Nin.