While I was catching up with work this morning in a coffee shop here in HCMC, a bunch of students approached me and asked if they could ask me a question and film my answer. I had noticed this small group of students had just got knocked back from the table beside me, so I thought what the heck.
The question was “What is the happiest moment of your life?”
It took me a while to come up with an answer, as I generally try to make each day the happiest day of my life. The answer I gave was the day I left school and started work. Is this the happiest day of my life? No of course not, but this is the foundation of what has allowed me to experience thousands of happy moments in my life.
Money doesn’t buy happiness, it simply buys a better class of misery.
After I had time to think about the question a little more, I decided to come up with an incomplete list of some of the happiest moments in my life.
Passing my driving test
I have been driving since I was 9 years old with go-karts, racing Mini Coopers at the age of 13, I stole my Dad’s car when I was 15 and bought/sold cars when I was 16. I had a lot of experience driving cars, but it took me 4 tests to get my license!
I clearly remember the day I passed… It was the first major achievement that I did by myself and I was so dam proud I just kept on jumping up and down while punching my fist in the air with excitement.
Getting my GNVQ
Straight out of school, I worked as an office joey for 2 years at an estate agent on a government training course. I worked 5 to 6 days a week making coffee and delivering leaflets through letter boxes in the cold and rain… all for 40 pounds per week. It was such a shit job. The reason I stuck at it was wanting to make my Mum proud – Around this time in my life I was a little shit getting into trouble all the time and I could tell all my Mum wanted was her boy to be like the rest of her friend’s sons.
I can remember the day I got the certificate, the smile on my Mum’s face made the 2 years of hell worth it. This was one of the happiest days of my life.
Meeting my mate Nick
The day my family moved out of a cancel estate into a nice house was the day I met Nick, a boy who come up to me while I was helping move boxes into the new house. He asked if I wanted to hang out and play football.
I didn’t know it then, but this was one of the most important days of my life as I would spend most of my life with Nick and his friends sharing so many amazing moments growing from boys into Men.
Buying my M3
At 21 years old I was selling sexy DVD’s on a huge scale. I bought them for 3 quid each and sold them for a tenner. I would drive around anywhere Men worked such as garages and trading estates every minute I was out of work. I made a fortune and was able to replace my Lexus IS200 with a new BMW M3. I can clearly remember getting up early and catching a flight up to Newcastle to buy the car, sort out the finances and enjoying every minute of the drive back to London with a huge smile on my face.
Giving my Mum away
When my Mum remarried, I stepped in my grandfather (RIP) shoes to give my Mum away at the wedding. I gave a speech which was the first time I spoke to a large crowd and it went down really well (Thanks to the 2 bottles of bolly). This was a great day had by all.
Building my first web site
I still have my first web site online today, although the domain name has changed (I lost the password to my account which meant I lost the domain). In the first year it was making about 100pounds per week with very little effort. The day I realized that I could earn money without hard graft such as driving around garages was surely one of the happiest moments of my life.