Are You Happy Now?

Happiness is a funny thing. We all know we deserve it, but not everyone can find it. Those who do find it are also aware of its fleeting nature, because no one stays happy all the time. Our lives, and the changes it brings, are so often driven by conflict and problems that require solutions. But it’s striving for happiness that gives us the energy to keep going through whatever comes. We all want to be happy.

This year, I can honestly say I AM happy now. I have a lot of work to do when it comes to improving myself and my life, but I’m finally able to feel content and at peace with who I am right now. Recently, my life changed again for the better and I’m overwhelmed with the good things that have been coming my way. I recently got a job at Life Time Athletic in the LifeCafe and I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited to start a new job. This position lines up perfectly with the direction I want my life to go. Exercise, as I’ve mentioned, is a major part of my plan to keep combating depression, and what better way to get exercise in the winter than working in an actual gym?

I’ve also finally managed to get myself into a routine with housecleaning and my place looks better than it has in years. I can’t speak for everyone but having a tidy space does wonders for my mood.

Winter is here now and there’s just something wonderful about seeing the sun glinting off the snow. It’s beautiful. While it does get dark around 5PM right now, at least the morning hours are bright. I have a very warm coat and sturdy boots so I am truly blessed to have those things and it makes me happy to be able to enjoy the outdoors while also staying cozy.

I have a warm place to live, plenty of books to read, food to eat, and two snuggly cats to keep me warm. A lot of people out there don’t have those things, so I know I should never take this for granted. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that right now, I’m completely overjoyed and grateful and happy to be alive.

I hope all of you out there are also warm and loved and blessed, too.

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