The pursuit of happiness comes at a cost. It starts as a dream. A plan is laid out, excitement can't help but build.
The journey is begun with the shiny goal at the end of the road. Every step in a forward direction takes work. It becomes your work. It could be class time and homework or time on a punch clock learning the trades. But make no mistake - this is the work that must be done in order to achieve the dream.
What happens if at some point along the journey you decide this isn't going to work for you? You realize your dream comes at a bigger cost than you are willing to continue to pay, or, your dream has changed and you want to pursue another dream?
Or the realities of life stepped in and said, "oh no. You're going in the wrong direction," and you suddenly find yourself someplace you never dreamed. It happens.
All of it can happen. You can be knocked off your course. You can decide to change direction. And sometimes, you acheive the goal. But the question remains:
Are you happy?