I was raised in an orphanage, survived that and breast cancer! I consider all of it a blessing. You'll find that I'm a person who will spout optimistic 'truths' with my last breath. I believe that life is what you make it. I try to surround myself with like-minded individuals because, as you know, it is difficult to sustain an optimistic viewpoint at times. There is little I find more tedious than someone who constantly dwells on the negative: they are self-absorbed energy drainers.
I'm a well-grounded individual. It took me years to become one. I found it necessary at a very young age to prove myself...prove my worth. My childhood experiences instilled in me the sense that personal worth was proportional to material success. Believe me when I say, after hearing how worthless you are for the millionth time, you either give up, believe it and quit ...or you buckle down and fight. I fought. I've never learned how to walk away from a challenge but, now I'm able to pick my fights.My perspective on what matters has changed dramatically since I was a child: back then, it was all about protecting myself. I am strong enough now to be vulnerable...to let down my guard and take my chances. At this point in my life, I realize the painful lessons I've learned have molded me into a person I like and respect. That, and the ability to forgive, is one of the most profound blessings of my life.