I’m not going to tell you that everything’s going to be okay

I’m not going to tell you that everything’s going to be okay because I’m not a psychic. And if I was a psychic telling you everything was going to be okay I’d be a liar because nothing stays okay for very long. I’m not going to tell you that all you need to do is suffer through a few trials before you emerge into a world of happiness. That all you need to do is cut your way through a swath of uncaring lovers before you find the one that makes you happy. That all you need to do is find a job that everyone else is doing and do it. That all you need to do to be happy is to do what you love and love who you are. Those thing’s help but they won’t make everything okay. Your happiness doesn’t depend on who you are when everything’s okay. Your happiness relies on how well you deal with situations that aren’t. Don’t hide yourself from risks that could end in sadness pain and disappointment. Embrace those risks. And if you ever do end up sad, in pain, or disappointed, remember that feeling. Life’s about dealing with pain. Life’s about directing sadness. Life’s about finding new hopes in every disappointment. Once you’ve mastered that, mastered pain, suffering, samsara, then everything won’t be okay.

But it will be better.

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