Out of our comfort zones because we're spending weekends in my inlaws' residence while they're having their vacation somewhere. As usual, I'm enjoying the stay because my son won't be bugging me that much because he's pre-occupied and distracted with the surroundings. I get to enjoy reading my inlaws' tons of subscribed magazines including O Magazine of Oprah Winfrey. She's one of the most influential / famous woman in the world, not that much for the young kids because of Lady Gaga. Anyways, Oprah is an epitome of everything that most woman wants to be. I thought maybe in years from now, 'oprah' could be a word that means 'succesful-woman'. You can then say, I want to be oprah, no longer I want to be LIKE Oprah. But we all know, she got where she at now through sweat and blood, it's not an overtime success and sweet / pleasant journey. We all know that true happiness can't be measured with how much you have and I am sadden to hear from other people this line 'It's ok, as long as you have the money' especially for entering into marriage. I know some people personally who have lots of money but are not happy. There's the saying money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with, might be true but we all know that it's temporary and won't last. At the end of the day, there will always be a moment that you will realize that despite these things that you have which envied by lots people, you still have the emptiness. I refer Oprah into two as 'the Oprah Winfrey and the word it connotes 'succesful-rich woman'. The question is, does being Oprah as Oprah Winfrey makes her genuinely happy? Absolutely not, I'm very sure she has lots of bad hair days, she doesnt' practice what she preachs like having a healthy lifestyle because of her battle with gaining weight. She has only FEW true friends because others are friends with interests, she doesn't have the complete freedom to do what she wants due to her celebrity status and so forth. If you can't do things that you like most, there comes the emptiness. How about the question, does being oprah as succesful-rich makes you genuinely happy? As what I've mentioned, I feel bad for those people saying that 'It's ok as long as you have the money' in cases of getting married to someone you haven't known that much, too old for you, has domestic violence history issues and so forth. Likewise, getting into divorce and not exerting effort to find ways to work it out first because huge money is at stake. Being succesful and rich do not guarantee happiness, you will have less true friends because of jealousy and dark motives. Don't get me wrong here, I'm not saying do not be succesful and rich, because there are people who are destined to be one especially those with talents, passion to pursue, hardwork and dedication. Maintaining success is very hard compared with the lower phase, getting to succeed. “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” — Dale Carnegie. Whatever social status we have, always remember that all men are equal through pain, Oprah might be perceived as the luckiest person in the world but she too, experiences pain. It all depends on our attitude how to handle problems, failures and pains that come along, why choose being miserable if we can be the opposite. Let's all be happy with what we have and make the most of it.