The inconvenience of being happy

This happiness shit is wreaking havoc on my blog.

Yesterday my daughter said, “How’s the blog going, Dad?”
Without thinking much about it I replied, “I haven’t done much with it.”
“Why?”
“I guess I’ve been too happy.”

Even I had to take a moment to absorb what I had just said. Do I only blog when I’m unhappy?

I had a nice long ride to think about this on the way home and my answer is a sound, firm, fairly certain and resounding maybe.

I’ve written a lot of posts considered positive and uplifting and I have to have been in a good state of mind when I wrote them. But most of my earlier posts, in fact the inspiration for creating my blog in the first place was born out of a deep disharmony in my life. I was extraordinarily unhappy, dealing with illness, a divorce and consequent feelings of rejection, and having to move in with my mother. I had plenty to write about.

Nearly 2 years later I have completely reconciled those things within my control and have a firm grip on those that I don’t. Where once stood a confused, insecure and nearly defeated man now stands a man in a total Zen state with the world. I have forgiven everyone and everything. Even the most difficult of events and people. Everyone knows where they stand with me and I leave everyone as if I may never see them again. I am open to everything and kind to all. I walk around like a man with a secret when it’s no secret at all. My happiness is being free of negativity, resentment and hate. I am at peace with myself and in harmony with the world.

I spent years trying to find myself and I was me all along.

Ironically, my illness has progressed since I started my blog but I am in a better place with it than before. Dialysis, once a worse-case scenario is now my lifestyle. Some people live and act it, but not me. I am rocking it. I jump into the chair and 4 hours later I spring out of it. Instead of merely existing between treatments I instead pause my wonderful life just long enough to get a treatment. Last week I was asked to be a Patient Advocate for Dialysis patients. I asked why me and the Nurse Manager said,
“You ride a motorcycle to treatments. You ask us how we’re doing. You always feel good. You laugh and joke through your treatments. You do what you’re told. You’re the ideal patient to help someone else through this.”
I was deeply humbled. I’m also going to do it.

I feel so good I have to be reminded sometimes that I am sick.

Lastly, and by no means least important, Superman has found his Lois. A woman who has made me feel desirable, worthy and loved. It is a nice departure from feelings of inadequacy, worthlessness and loneliness. She may be my Phone Booth.

I’m not ready for a format change or a new name for my blog just yet. I’m sure I have plenty of good blogs left in me. But for now, I won’t be taking up my keyboard to exorcise fresh demons. I’m too busy enjoying my wonderful family and friends, spending time with my exciting lady friend, riding my motorcycle through the winding hills of NH, and being out living my life every minute that I am not strapped to a machine.

On paper I have so many reasons to be unhappy. But I have to tell you…

Life is good


31 thoughts on “The inconvenience of being happy”

  1. That’s what I’m talking about! Discounting the unfortunate folks who have a serious mental medical condition (and bless their hearts with all of mine!) I have always said that happiness is not a destination but a state of mind. A matter of perspective. I have been as guilty as anyone, at times, of losing sight of that and allowing the hurdles of life to get me down but, with a positive foundation free of (as you say) negativity, resentment, or hate, I always bounce back again.

    Being smitten helps, too. 😁

    Congratulations, Billy, on finding a sense of bliss. Zen state indeed!

    ((consequently, you are hereby forgiven for never coming around my site anymore 😉 ))

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  2. You are busy living and you are doing it well. The blog, your writing of it, your connecting with others is what you needed most when you spent most of your time here. Now you need to be in the real world. The many friendships you have made here are true and many have gone beyond wordpress. You do you Superman!

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  3. Bahahahahaha, just because I do have a smidge of decorum and a tiny bit of tact I won’t be putting anyone on blast today. Another day? Perhaps, but not today.

    Like

  4. So glad to see this post. I have missed seeing your writing and wondered how you were doing. Glad to read the reasons for your “silence”. You deserve this happiness! Enjoy ever minute😊

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