The Importance Of Happiness In My Life

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Sitting under the umbrella, hearing the waves rush to the shore and knowing that it may be months before I would get to be with my friends again, I realized that I would be ok. My life had changed so much since I had arrived, four months previously. I had come to an understanding that I had wasted so much time not appreciating the person I was, and focusing on all the things I wasn’t, and looking for happiness by trying to please and be like others thought I should be. I didn’t love myself, and I wasn’t happy. But here, in St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in our nation, I had a rebirth, of sorts. I learned that I was enough, as long as I was becoming who I was meant to be, and that being happy was a choice.
Making the decision
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She had so many things going on, and so many places to be. It took early mornings and late nights to get everything done. I came to realize that if I was going to make it, I would have to jump in and get to work. I had to learn ‘the ropes’ and what I recognized was that these ‘ropes’ weren’t going to stop and wait for me to catch up.
First there was “Showtime”, a singing and performing group that my Aunt owned, and I was to be part of. “Are you kidding? I don’t dance and I certainly don’t sing.”, at least not in front of a crowd of 1000 people. But, it didn’t matter that I thought I couldn’t, everyone around me said I could and I would. Just like the preschool book, “I think I can, I think I can, and then the little train did.” I soon saw that, even though I wasn’t the best dancer or singer, and I even had a hard time ‘flipping my hair’ as part of the choreography, I was good enough. It was similar to learning to surf. I had to just ‘catch the wave’. There were practices on Monday’s, performances on Friday’s, and the week was never complete without a service project on Saturday’s. “Showtime” was about working together, and being part of something bigger than yourself.
Next came interactions with others and making friends. I noticed that when I wasn’t so focused on trying to please everyone, and I looked outside my small world; I became a more optimistic and happy person. I learned that others wanted to be
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