For some reason, when I was a kid, I fully believed that everyone was deliriously happy all the time. I truthfully thought I was missing out because I wasn’t.
Not only was I NOT deliriously happy, but I wasn’t even plain happy, even half of the time.
Sadly, I was down a lot of the time. More than down, really. That’s not to say that I wasn’t ever happy, because of course, I was. But I didn’t understand why I wasn’t like… HAPPY.
My mom told me at some point that me not achieving happiness was just a phase, and that I’d outgrow it. Joke’s in her, because I didn’t outgrow it.
Instead made a series of pretty shitty decisions that earned me a seat in the rooms of my 12-step program.
Luckily, there IS a solution, and I work in the solution every single day that allows me to lead a fulfilling life. And when I slip out of the solution, I have surrounded myself with people who help me to get back on track.
And guess what? I’m happy. Like ACTUAL happy. Am I deliriously happy? No. Because what I’ve learned is that WE HAVE BEEN SOLD AN INTENSE LIE THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO FEEL GOOD ALL THE TIME.
That’s right, folks. That’s not real life. At all. Real-life is happy, sad, afraid, bored, calm, peaceful, enraged, terrified, overjoyed, pitying, compassionate, kind, mean, and way more. Real life is having feelings and then feeling feelings. Real-life is knowing that the bad will pass, but so will the good, and that’s FINE.
Real life is to be content with all of that.
I’m so grateful today for feeling the feelings because now life feels way more authentic. I’m grateful for all of my feelings. The bad and the good. The bad makes the good that much sweeter. And the bad makes me that much stronger.
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