It is, and I’m proud of it. I’m grateful to have gotten to this place. I’ve determined this for two reasons.

The only person I need to like me is me.

You can never make everyone happy. I feel confident that I don’t actually need to.

At the same time, I do want to be a better person but in the sense of being a better person today than I was yesterday by learning from my experiences and figuring out who I am- for myself. I want to be the best person I can be for myself. If I do that I believe everything will fall into place along the way.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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