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Feeling HAPPY, which is something I haven’t felt regularly in a long while. I almost forgot what being happy feels like. That statement was difficult to make. I’ve gathered from some of the people around me, looking in, that I have nothing to complain about and that I’ve accomplished a great deal. There’s plenty of truth there, but my goal in life is to live comfortably, without ever getting too comfortable. It is important not to confuse living in the present and enjoying the moment with complacency. Speaking for myself, I was born with a certain kind of drive that will not allow me to settle. I figure I can always improve upon the status quo.

I ran across a quote this morning while searching for motivational messages to send to a special person in my life as he is working towards a current vocational goal. The quote jumped out at me. The quote reads as follows: “Sometimes people around you don’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.” I couldn’t agree more. My personal path is about me. I recognize that others will accompany me along the way, but I would like to think that MY journey is about my growth as an individual. I strive to be the best possible person that I can be. I won’t accept less of myself and definitely won’t accept less of a partner.

As a child I used to dream about being great. I didn’t really have an idea of the type of great I wanted; I just knew that great is what I wanted to be. If I can recall correctly, my broad definition of greatness was being a good person, living well, being married, having my own family, looking good and feeling good, being a strong, independent, and educated woman. I always knew that whatever I did, I wanted to be of help to others and positively contribute to my environment. I wonder if that has led me to my career as a Mental Health Therapist…

Though sometimes I feel as lonely as the half gallon of skim milk in the left back corner of my refrigerator, I recognize and am very grateful for the extensive network of the various individuals in my life. In my opinion, having a solid support system is essential to being great. Humans are relational beings and relationships are vital to our existence. We just need to make sure our interactions with others are healthy. When life throws me curveballs, I know that I am fully capable of dealing with them, due to my strengths as an individual and my army of support. I’m confident to stand up and fight, no matter what. There’s never a reason for me to “Runaway, runaway, runaway, runaway, I’m holding on desperately”, like J. Cole sang.

**Hope you enjoyed reading my post in response to this week’s Daily Post writing challenge**

Challenge Details: Now, the “challenge” part of this challenge: every day for the next four days, open your draft and add to/edit what you’ve already written to fold in something new. Here’s your progression:
Day One: start your post.
Day Two: add a quote from a conversation you had with someone today (an email, instant message, or text conversation is fine, too).
Day Three: add something related to what your childhood self wanted to be when you grew up, or a dream you have for your future.
Day Four: add a reference to something currently in your refrigerator.
Day Five: add something inspired by a song you heard today. If you didn’t hear any music, use something you read (and turn on the radio!).
After the end of Day Five, give it a final read and polish, then hit “publish” — challenge complete.

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