Well, life is good.
I don't mean that to say that I've achieved everything I want. I am not fully-satisfied, so I certainly wouldn't want to die right now! There is still plenty to be done and much more to be learned.
But things are good right now. I have a roof over my head, I have people around me, I am not being abused, I am happily in a relationship and I'm definitely not lacking food and water!
To me, that is the foundation stone of happiness. As long as you have even the basics: food, water and shelter, you don't have a lot else to be unhappy about.
That model keeps me positive about 90% of the time. Some of that other 10% is when one of those ingredients for happiness is under threat, like a friendship or dire bank balance!
Currently, though, I am happy. But that doesn't mean I don't have any challenges. I have lots of those - not mega challenges (like drug addiction or child rearing) - but mine are pretty menial and I shouldn't really make a big deal out of them in comparison; there are people in the world with real problems!
So what are my problems?
Well, I cannot get them into one blog post; I would be at it all
So I will shed light on them over the next few blog posts.
There's one thing I want to get from this blogging experience. I want to be able to embrace my vulnerability. Everybody is vulnerable, but people hide it for many reasons. Some people are justified in hiding some of their vulnerabilities, particularly as a safeguard from real danger and abuse. But I think a lot of people - particularly in the third world - hide their vulnerabilities because of pride, and that isn't logical at all.
I have found a great deal of happiness in being honest. I've learned more about who I am and what I am capable of that way. Self-improvement, then, is much easier because you are dealing with a raw person, and not a doppelgänger - the complicated psychological construct that protects our pride and worth. I have found that people accept me more for embracing my insecurities, perhaps because they can identify a mutual vulnerability, and they then realise it is ok to be open and talk about it. It knocks down a wall.
It just takes one person!
I'll see you in my next blog post, where I'll shed more light on these issues of mine (they're not as elusive as they seem really!)
So, How's Life?
Well, life is good.