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I fear I am a hopeless romantic and by opening my heart and sharing that openness I will be hurt.

Ouch! My heart goes out to you. I used to think I had no sense for good or bad relationships. I’d get hurt randomly.

Then I realized that I was being permissive, sort of allowing and excusing people for minor stuff in the hopes that it would get better all by itself.

I stopped getting hurt as much when I learned to say no to someone who was rude to the waiter.

Sometimes I don’t know if there is a point to my life.

Movies and TV give us this sense that every body has to be a model, to be attractive — which is silly of course.

In the same way, this idea that everyone has to have some maniacal life-changing goal is a little silly.

Did you know that you have better teeth — thanks to modern dentistry — than any of the old Kings of England?

Make a list of all the silly plusses in your life life this! 🙂

And maybe call 800-SUICIDE, they’re friendly.

July 15, 2008

I am trying very hard to increase my endurance + fitness level without getting injured (54 yrs old female) — it is so slow and frustrating — I get discouraged now and then.

Way to go!

You are not a lone, a lot of people struggle with exercise. Try making a chart of your endurance as it grows. Or find an exercise buddy! You can do it! 🙂 <3

I feel like I am losing my identity, torn between my old life with my family and my new life.

Sometimes you walk where your family cannot follow. Your parents had this problem with your grandparents, and they had it with their own parents. So if you are creating a new life for yourself and your family doesn’t quite understand, you are following in a family tradition! 🙂 <3 <3

(Would someone please post a better translation! –Johnny)