It’s my birthday today. Through all the troubles that have come to haunt me this year; which was far and wide, here I stand now a year older. The world seemed to be crumbling on to me at the age of eighteen due to a bad breakup, lack of self-knowledge, and enough daddy issues to justify it all. Yet here I am.
I read a Times Magazine special edition titled: “The Science of Happiness” that stated resilience plays a role in your state of mind. The higher resilience you have the more likely you are to survive the damage the world inflicts on you. The troubling part is resilience is earned not given.
You will face troubles not and later there is no getting away from that, but it only steels your body not weakening it. So yes, I did have a tough year but here I stand with my dyed hair and tattoos with a clear sense of who I am and what I want. I find that I don’t worry about the minuscule concepts that bothered me before like what people thought of me because I’m just trying to live the best life I can being me.
I guess that’s the message. Things get better. You get better.