"Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you decide to see beyond the imperfections." - unknown
we as a nation have stopped feeling. we have made it a bad thing to be sad, or mad, or annoyed. it has become politically incorrect to feel things. to make our voices heard and to state our opinions. we have become unique; just like everybody else.
now, i am not generally a cryer. i always say that i cried enough when i was a teenager to last me a lifetime. and well, crying just sort of makes me feel awkward in general. (regardless of whether i'm doing it, or someone else is.) however, there are things in life that are sad. there are times when i need to be hugged (and, unless i know you and/or absolutely love you, this is not an invitation to hug me).
there are times when i am pissed off and listen to really loud music. there are times when i yell at my kids. and it is okay.
it's okay to feel things and to wear your heart on your sleeve. no one expects perfection all the time. it's okay to have days when you need to be alone. it's okay to get mad and want to fight. or to feel like you have nothing left to give, but to fight regardless.
there are some things that should never be given up on.
sometimes in life we have to face our fears. if we don't, then we are left with pockets full of regret.
don't quit living because things are scary. don't give up because of the possibility that you might shed some tears. be sad. be horrified. be pissed off. but don't stop living life. fight for what's important. for the things you love.
life is short. we are vapors in the wind. we all feel pain; we just feel it in our own way. pain does not give our life less value. it's what we do with it that determines who we become.
sometimes in life you have to take a stand, no matter what anyone else says.
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