So, How's Life?

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 day week!

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!)





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