One should, by all means necessary, remain open to Life: to love, to happiness, to joy, to truth, to beauty… those few things above all. But the daily struggles that a person goes through to maintain those spaces in our lives that allow us to remain open are a constant battle against everything that opposes us. There comes a moment in our lives, in all of our lives, when a person must assume responsibility for every single thing that has occurred and will occur. No, it’s not easy and more so it can be even more difficult to come to terms with the idea that I as a single individual am responsible for so much… it means taking a look in the mirror at one’s self and being brutally honest about one’s life situation and realizing that one’s happiness in life is a choice that, once made, must be fought for. I understand that happiness and all the other awesome stuff that life is made up of is out there waiting for us, but if we do not make the choice to embrace it, to accept it… it can very often pass us by as we become too enmeshed in our daily lives and the cycles of just living rather than being. A person must make time for the beautiful aspects of life, one must be out there doing and not just waiting. Life is too short to just wait around for happiness to fall in our laps… though on the rare occasion that it does we better be ready to grasp those moments for all they are worth. It’s just that sometimes people want to exclaim: life is not fair! And the truth is that it is not fair. I was fortunate that when I was being raised I was never told that life was fair and that what I saw around me was that life was a struggle… not that this was a bad thing. Just that this struggle, as such, was simply a part of life and that it was well worth every bit of the good fight put in to it. And yet, life is so freaking amazing! Every part of it, the good and the bad, can be see to possess a beauty and a reward beyond measure if we but accept it ALL as a part of what it happening to us right now. However, that life in all its glory, is made up of the choices we make and the battles we chose to go through on a daily basis… I do not think can be denied. Does that mean we give up? Hell no! It just means we try harder. It means that when life pushes you around, you push back even harder… which in return leaves those spaces open wherein we can be happy and loved and see the beauty and the truth, in both its harshness and it subtleties, and come to see that every ounce of what we put out is worth the effort.