I love me. I hope you love you too.

What defines happiness?

That’s like one of those questions that you think would be easy to answer, but sometimes, when you think about it, it’s as hard as the question, “What is the meaning of life?” Actually, when I think about THAT, they’re really kind of the same question. Sort of.

I used to think happiness came from things. Happiness came from buying a new car or my first big girl camera (which I never learned to use because developing film was expensive). Sometimes I felt like happiness came from going out and having (too much of) a good time with my friends. Whatever it took to make me feel happy, I did it. However, at the end of the day, when I was alone, I was unhappy.

I knew it was a problem. For many years, I chose to ignore it.

It could have very easily broke me. It almost did.

The turning point for me was discovering my true self. To be okay with my true self and to learn how to love my true self. Why is it so hard for people to love themselves? Having a great support system in your life is awesome and needed, but you should be your own biggest fan. I had to learn how to do that by accepting my sexuality. I had to like my sexuality. I had to love that part of me, which was a very hard thing to do considering I spent the majority of my adulthood hating that part of me.

Now, when I look in the mirror, I see a beautiful human being. I feel alive and like I’m finally living. I have a beautiful woman who loves me just as I am (including my tendency to become a bitch in big city traffic), and life is so good.

I see so many people on the internet (including some friends), who just aren’t happy. They are so hard on themselves and they truly don’t know how lovely they really are. I am sad for them. I wish I could show them but I know that can only come from within themselves. I pray that one day they find it within themselves.

Take a look in the mirror. Look deep within yourself and know you are beautiful. You’ll see life in a whole new way. I promise.

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Trish said...

Love this! Every word, TRUTH!

Kirsten said...

Amen, sistah!! Soooo glad you are finally happy in your own skin. It's an amazing feeling. And it's not necessarily "happiness". It's "contentedness". Content to just be who you are. Content in your own skin.

Hugs and love, my friend.

Erin said...

I love this.

amommyfromthe1900s said...

I love it! You are an amazing woman. No reason not to love everything about you, even your scary driving personality. ;)

Melissa said...


Bari said...

Love this. Love you. MWAH

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Bacardi Mama said...

Love this and you, April!

Amber Page Writes said...

Those are words to live by, no matter who you are. You're one smart lady...and I'm glad I found your blog today.

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