It hasn’t always been this way.

Just so you know, I haven’t always been this happy or peaceful.  It has taken me a long time to get to this point.  Actually, it seemed to take forever.

A friend and I talked numerous times about happiness being a choice and I was sure at that point that it was and I still do.  Yes, bad things happen.  Being happy doesn’t have anything to do with circumstances.  It has to do with wanting to be happy.

Life doesn’t need to be perfect for me to be happy.  I used to think it did.  Sure there are things in life that make it more enjoyable.  Really, happiness is internal.

I have struggled with depression for most of my life.  I have had what I would call a challenging life.  I think others, if they knew the circumstances, would agree.

I guess I just wanted to let you know that I know that life can be hard and I haven’t always been happy.  I am so grateful to be happy now even on those tough days.