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Future happiness

A friend of mine has recently been going through an especially challenging time in their life. It’s the kind of upending life event that can sometimes result in years of struggle and pain.

“I’m so sorry you’re going through this awfulness,” I said to my friend recently.

“Don’t be sorry for me,” they said. “Be excited about my future happiness.”

So damn impressive.

So much of life is your choice of mindset. The positive framing of your struggle. The decision to look to the light.

My friend is going to be just fine. Better than fine, even. I won’t stop thinking about them, but I’ll be doing so with a lot less worry and a lot more hope in my heart.

And their perfect words and powerful example will remain with me for a long, long time.