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Nov 21, 2023

I used to envy those who had everything together until I realized they do not. They just appear that way. I used to envy those who had big homes until they realized they were unhappy. They were quite miserable. I have learned a lot in my journey. I have learned, “What’s more if you’re unhappy?” If you’re unhappy with who you are, you can live in the biggest mansion and yet it would feel like a prison. If you’re unhappy with who you are, you could have the greatest husband in the world, and you’d feel so lonely. Through the years, I have let go the need to envy others because I came to the realization that we all live a life that isn’t always what the media presents. Behind closed doors, some of those who live the grandest lives are quite sad and lonely. And those who appear in the public as timid and reserve are actually quite loud once they’re in the privacy of their home.


What matters is if they are happy…


Last night, during dinner, I had a long conversation with my oldest daughter, telling her how rich of a lineage she came from. After breaking down, she asked me, “Why didn’t you tell me sooner?” I replied with, “Would you have listened? You were quite rebellious in your younger years and thought I knew nothing.” She laughed and replied, “That’s true. I can admit now that in my younger years, I was stupid and thought you didn’t know anything. I’m better now and I realized I was wrong. This has helped me.” The point is that if you’re unhappy with who you are, it won’t matter what anyone says. It will go in one ear and out the other. But when you are ready to change, words don’t even need to fall heavy on your ears. Time itself will change you for the better.

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