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Want the secret to happiness?
Well, it’s not that much of a secret. This not-so-secret fact is what fuels my positive outlook on life. It’s not false optimism – it’s a realization I had two years ago.
I’m lucky as shit!The odds of me being here right now are so incredibly small that it was a miracle I was born in the first place.Click To Tweet
The odds were 1 in 400 trillion.
There were 399,999,999,999,999 other possible outcomes. I could have been a fly or worse, a motile sperm cell withering away somewhere.
Knowing what I know now, how could I possibly be anything other than genuinely happy?
Some people may be thinking, it’s easy to be happy when life is going well. But, what if shit is hitting the fan? What then?
I’m in no position to tell people how to live their life or how to feel. Everyone is fighting a battle. I respect your struggle.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m as lucky as they come, but everyone hits a wall at some point in life.
When my wife at the time was 9 months pregnant, our office closed and I lost my job. I was 23. Scariest day of my life.
At 29, I got divorced. I don’t see my kids as much as I want.
I’ve had health scares.
Being broke sucks. I’ve been there – maxed-out credit cards, debt, all of it. But, I wasn’t poor, just broke. Poor is a state of mind.
Even with all the shit life has thrown my way, I still truly believe that I am one of the luckiest guys alive.
I see my kids as much as possible, even though it will never be enough.
I work incredibly hard each day, to make sure I’m never in the position of living paycheck-to-paycheck ever again.
Living a healthier lifestyle is becoming a priority – an extra 10 years of life, as a result, will be worth it. That’s 10 more years with my kids and grandchildren.
I won’t waste this life – it was a gift.
I’m happy because of it.
1 in 400 trillion.