Alexia Dabadie

Aix-en-Provence, France

Interview: Seattle, Washington

August 18, 2016

Happiness. Yes, that's the most important thing. I want to be happy, and I think we all deserve to be happy. What makes me happy is trying to be kind to people, and then they are kind to me, that's really important. And then I try to spend as much time as possible with the people I love, so my family, my husband, my friends. And then, just try to take, like the good things of everything, so when I'm doing something I just try to enjoy as much as possible. Focus on only the good things. Right now I'm traveling with my mother and my brother, and I have a little sister as well, and my husband will be here in a couple of weeks, he lives in France and was not able to come with me this year. Right now I'm just trying to enjoy my time with them on vacation and traveling around as much as possible. 

I want to be happy, and I think we all deserve to be happy.

I don't know what the proper word is in English but I think maybe empathy? I think it's really important. I think if you're trying to understand people then it's easier to behave with them. Just because you try to listen to their concerns and why they can be aggressive or unhappy, and then it's just easier to create relationships with them. 
There's a saying in French, I will try to translate for you. When you want something, you can do it, and when you can do it, you HAVE to do it. So you wanna be happy? You can be happy. So do it, be happy. This saying means if you have the ability to do something and you want to do it, you have to do it. Like, thinking that it's too complicated or it takes too much energy, that's a nonsense. If you want something, and it's something good for you or for somebody else, just do whatever you can to do it.