If the thing you look most forward to is retirement, your joy has a good chance of being severely constricted. It’ll only last as long as the good, healthy part of your work-free golden years does. It’s dependent on them.
If it hangs on you achieving your career goals, it’ll be as fragile as your ability to be perfect.
Even if you live for a capstone beauty like family or community service, you’ll be asking other imperfect humans to bear the sum weight of your total gladness.
The only One who can fulfill the human thirst for true joy is the One who authored that thirst. Jesus Christ is the only entity in existence who promises only what He can deliver, and can deliver every good thing.
No person or career or fantasy vacation can deliver unshakeable happiness. They weren’t made to. They aren’t the foundation the human soul was designed to rest on.
The human heart was made to crave happiness like human tissues were made to crave water. We’ll always seek it. So trust in Jesus.
Better to drink from a well than a mirage.