Welcome to the Praising Life Project
It's really hard for anyone to stay positive all the time. I definitely agree with that.
When things go wrong, it's so easy to forget how much you've been blessed. It's amazing that we have the internet, people who care, and hope...
Although there is a lot of bad, there is also beautiful joy.
And that makes me praise life.
The memories, the laughter, the joy, the hugs through hard times.
We only have one chance!
It would be much appreciated if you help spread the word! ( & Comment!)
Contribute to the Project (Read On) or Donate
At the end of this year, 2013, 10 calenders and 16 three month PMs will be given away to inspired deviants.(that means random/anyone. )
The calenders to remind you of how special every day is, and PMs because sadly the notebooks are no longer available.
However, the points cost of this project's completion is around: 30,176 points.
Current Balance: 1,549.
Contributing:To add your own positive reason to cherish life: Leave a comment below. Your art related to this project will also be featured in this article! If you find inspiring art, even your own, link it down below. (Thumbcodes are optimal!)
I will update this journal with your thoughts below.
Thank you for contributing!
~Metapham "I completely agree. Sometimes life can be challenging, but if a life lived without challenges, what is the value to life? We are given this life for a reason, in which we live a life full of meaning, live life for the moments, live life of no regrets. It all depends on perspective. "
!Sebby1992 "Even though life for me is hard, and I do struggle with wanting to die at the moment. I oddly get what your saying, even thought all this crap I refuse to off myself. I only have one life to live. It gets better, and the pain is only there so you can see the good. I just need to remember that. Thanks for making my day better <3"
*DeviousWitch "Very, very well said, i totally agree!
I find it quite stupid that people nowadays, especially young ones, always say "life sucks, i wanna die" and they actually have really good lives. Of course, we all have our problems, but come on.. Like, one friend from my school, she always overracts and looks very negatively on things. And she actually has a great life, big, caring family and she's good at school, no bigger problems. But she thinks so negatively on things, like her life sucks, even though i tried to tell her many times that she should always look for something positive, but she never listens. She thinks that thinking positively is like being naive, but that's not true. And nothing will get better by being negative.
I think life has been given to us so we can enjoy in it, live on this beautiful planet and cherish things. Too bad some people make life so complicated, when it can be so simple."
~Dicex012 "Yay for life! :
~Justinator97 "I agree 100%. Life is what u make it & u only live once!"
*WestlyLaFleur "to quote House M.D. "that's the thing about life: it has qualities"."
~Hurricaneclaw " I agree! Sometimes people are to caught up on the negative aspects of life, and never stop to think about how lucky they are, even if it's the little things. :3 "
~hefeigal "I agree! Life isn't gonna last forever! My motto is to live life as if it's your last day, because you never know when it all could be taken away!"
~blackbook668 "There are some good bits in life which make you go "Yup, that's nice. I like now.""
~Venneta "Thank you very much for reminding us .. of this beautiful truth :') "
~taibossigai "When things get tough, always remember to take it on bit by bit. You can't do everything all at once, but if you tackle your problem(s) one by one, eventually things will get better.
And when things get really tough....find a way to laugh."
=SingingFlames "I first heard this in Kung Fu Panda, and I just love this quote: "Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, Thats why it's called the Present." Life is precious! Enjoy every moment. "
~1w1w Each day of life is like a chapter of a story, filled with drama, happyness, sorrow, and many emotions. These expierences make us a better person, for we learn to see both the brutality yet beauty life presents us with. We also learn that life will throw both good and bad days. Yet we keep plowing through, as life is not gonna stop for us nor are we gonna stop for life. There have been days were things kept getting worse and worse, and I just wanted to end it all right there and then, but I realize that was not me thinking, I would say to myself this is a lesson that I need to learn from. We keep plowing through life, learning along the way.
=oakleafninja23 "This is amazing! And for anyone reading this- keep holding on, no matter how hard your life is at the moment. There's always a better day, a light at the end of the tunnel.
~Dr-Aim "Life is extraordinary, but we forget that because most people happen to live, right ?
praise life, you need everything in it, the bad and good !"
~Sloppity One day life will cease to be when the sun burns out and the universe is plunged into a deep freeze.
But on the bright side no life = no suffering."
=SeedofSmiley "I look at people this way, they all have the ability to be nice or bad, what they choose and what they do with it their choice. So, I try not to hate anyone because its not going to do anyone any good. Personally I am feeling really good at this point in my life and love my life that I am living. Hope youre loving yours too"
~Cirprius "I agree. Life is amazing, and an adventure through its ups and downs. Being born, is the best thing that ever happened to me"
~kinzerkinz " here! Here!
~Quezecotyl "Yes! Even though I can be seen as overly optimistic, there are those days when I can't even smile. But I agree, we just have to remember in those moments that without moments of despair there, moments of happiness and joy wouldn't really exist. And that those rainy days won't be forever. Live to make more and more great and nostalgic memories. Besides, laughing is so much fun! I love life and I hope for many years ahead. "
=Rawliett "I absolutely love this! dA and the world could use more positiveness to fight against the negative. I personally love and cherish ever second of life I have because I never know when it's going to end. Life if beautiful, even the hardships we face day to day.
The fleeting time is cruel; it is so easy to get left behind in the dark. Yet, it is such a wonderful thing because when you cannot find the light…it continues on to give you time and opportunities to find it. Though most people don't realize this or aren't sure of how to catch up. Not to mention (in the theme of keeping up with things), we must learn to pace ourselves in the present for it has not yet finished teaching us what we will need to know for the obstacles that lie in the path ahead. Those obstacles try to break us down but we can overcome them and become even stronger. Life is all about faith and courage. Humans need to know how to believe in something they cannot see to give them something to live for and these things we find faith in are often times very positive things.
Also, so many people think that you need to be strong to be "one of the best" and always happy. However, it is not brute strength that gets anybody anywhere. It's the courage in our hearts that gives us an unstoppable force that allows us to be everything we hold inside.
Life passes by in the blink of an eye. Every now and again it seems to move in slow motion, though in reality it's moving at the speed of light. Take hold of what you have today and enjoy everything about it, for you never can be certain what tomorrow will greet you with. It can either be positive or negative, for each day is what YOU decide.
AND NO MATTER WHAT PEOPLE SAY OR DO, ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU NEEDN'T BE AFRAID TO LOOK UP!!!"
=twicehalf "Simone de Beauvoir: 'In fact, even when he claims that it is not so, no man wishes himself other than he is, since for all living persons being means making oneself be.'
And again: 'The secret of happiness is to live like everyone else while being like no other.'"
=Riemea "Live is a valuable thing. Not everyone is allowed to live their life the way they want, spending it with doing things they love. Not everyone has the opportunity, not everyone can afford it. We should keep that in mind, and cherish every day, because no matter how you live your life, it will end one day for sure. Whether that's tomorrow or in 50 years is not something we can foresee. But we can try to just live to the best of our ability so that when the time comes, we can proudly say: "I regret nothing."
=VerbasLupinus "I'll admit that life really seems to suck sometimes, but I'll also say that each day is a new day. Whatever sucked is in the past. Don't let your past dictate your future. <3"
~TheArtistyk "Life does get difficult sometimes. But it's so precious and we're so blessed to be living in a world for all those who strive to do good and hopefully, with positivity, we can ease the burden life gives us sometimes. "
'Stay strong and nothing will go wrong.' - My quote, don't you forget it! EVER!
You know, for the past 2 months, I confess, my life was a dump since two of my uncles called me things I wish they didn't call me. (Dumb and crazy) I was always miserable. But you know what? I had friends. Friends from across the world, friends who didn't see me because I stayed home due to depression. Let me tell you something: It's okay if you're at the bottom most part of your life, but that won't kill you because you're a soul. Nothing can destroy a soul except sin. If nothing goes your way, keep trucking on. Heck, if I was so depressed, why didn't I commit suicide?
Because even though I was at my lowest point, I still had a tiny bit of spirit left in me.
I am different. I don't care how I look. Most girls my age do, but here I am, caring only for what I love, Art.
That's another thing. Art. No matter how low my life is, it will always be with me. And admittedly, technology is a big part of it too. Now look at me, one day at a time, trying to get back to the prestigious school that loved me, just because I got the highest score ever in the records of their entrance exam. (It is the truth, believe me)
They didn't give up on me. My immediate and maternal families didn't give up on me. So I won't give up either.
You see, before all this, life was already hard. I was mistreated by my previous classmates in my previous school. The teachers were fine, but sadly they weren't enough to protect me from my classmates. The friends I had were lowerclassmen, and thanks to them, I wasn't lonely. At home my mom would have troubles with my dad's family. And sometimes, my dad too. The time came when I had to go to a prestigious school that only accepted students with high grades. Oh, did I mention the education was free since it is run by the government? My classmates loved me. I was so... unused to it. You have to admit, I did feel like my personal space was broken, but I was loved. But even that wasn't enough. It was, and still is, a high class school. The teachers weren't aware of my ADHD. It was hard, and I needed my free time. Soon, I cracked down and started staying home. Not only because of the schoolwork, but because of a fear that my classmates will hate me for skipping school. All of this led to my uncles' erm... remarks. Now that's when I really hit rock-bottom. Everyone in my family who cared tried to console me. But to no avail. This went on for a month or two, then my mom tried to talk with my school. They didn't want me to go. I had been the topnotcher in the entrance exams(another reason why my classmates love me) and apparently, I held the highest record among all entrance exams. (I'm not bragging. That's what they said.) They still kept me, but alas, they couldn't do it forever. It took a long time before finally, I was given an ultimatum. I was gonna go to school or drop out. Ka-boom. I swore that day I either had to dress up to talk things with the school, or I was gonna lay there on my bed and cry. Well, for a minute, I did. But something sparked in me. I started to tell my sis to tell my mom to help me get by. I was gonna face this. And I did. At first I was nervous, then my mom told me we were gonna take it, one day at a time. I couldn't go to classes immediately, though, I was too afraid. (And I became afraid of strangers thanks to my isolation combined with the fact I didn't like going out of the house in the first place.) I had missed a whole semester. I was scared my grades would drop. But no. My teachers wanted me here, because they believed in me. So, they happily allowed me to take classes in the office, which should start this November 5. They gave me modules for the second semester so I can catch up at home, since I can't go back now that it's the end of the semester. I am still catching up now. I am reading these modules everyday, in my room. And when November 5 comes, I'll go and start studying in the office of my school. And after that, when I'm ready, I'll go back to my classroom with my classmates. Here I am now, typing unto this hooked up keyboard since I destroyed my laptop's keyboard. (Don't ask.) Here I am, telling you my story.
They really wanted me. They really did. They touched my heart and taught me that I can be loved too.
I play video games. Why? Because I want to be a hero, that's why. Every hero has their hardships. Like it was for me. Their hardships are tougher than most, and when you look at mine, it's not hard to say I am among those who have lived a tough life. But those who get up, show the world what they're made of, now that's when they start walking a hero's path.
Being a hero means you do something for the world. In little ways or big. Being a hero means you appreciate life and those who feel like throwing it away.
This is why I'm here. Why I'm not dead. I'm gonna be a hero.
I'm gonna praise life and inspire others.
I hope you read my story well. Let it inspire you. Let it give you hope as it did me.
Life is a wonderful thing. Go miles with your talent before it's over.
As of January 11,2013, Philippine Standard Time, I am struggling, but very happy. I technically am not going to school anymore until next year, but I am not a drop out because I shall be home schooled. It may seem like I've given up, or I've failed, but really, I've succeeded in living and being happy. I may be called a failure sometimes, but I continue knowing that life is still good.
I have too many dreams to kill, too many hopes to lose. So I'll keep moving forward. I'm not dead yet XD because life is just too good even though it seems too bad."
~worshipthesquid "Glad to see it's not just me! ^^ So much of life depends on how we perceive it. Why not try and see things for the miracles they are?
You don't need religion to appreciate the beauty in everything "
`lintu47 "I will share my story with you so you can see that even if bad things happen to you, you can't just stop living.
So, my depressions started when i was about 13yrs old and continued for years, time in which i had to deal not only with them, but also with failure, disappointment, a rape and the fear of cancer. They all piled up at about 17 when i started harming myself, not to gain attention, but to relieve the pain inside. It took me a great deal of effort to put up a normal mask for those around me. I didn't trust people around me enough to talk about my problems, so i started drinking and somehow it made things bearable for a while.
But when i reached 18 i realized i was on my way to self destruction and i said "stop". I just erased everything from my mind and started living again. But the bad things in my life didn't end here, recently due to a family problem i fell into a depression so deep i couldn't even move from my bed. I found a new way to deal with my emotional pain: food. After 2 months i decided i needed help. After 2 psychiatrists, 1 psychologist, a 6 month tough treatment that initially turned me into a vegetable and a fight against my new gained weight, i am ok again.
I am not weak, and no one thought i was; everyone understood that what i suffered from was real condition and no one blamed me for going to specialists. From my point of view, it takes a strong person to admit that they need help. When i look back i don't regret having to go through all those dark times, because they made me who i am today, they gave me a better understanding of the world and also, most important, it made me realize what really matters in life.
Just because some jerks have wronged you and made you suffer doesn't mean all people are the same. Just because one of my ex bfs raped me doesn't mean that all will do the same, in fact, my boyfriend (and future fiance) is my ray of sunshine everyday; just because my father left my family doesn't mean i should live in fear that all the men in my life will abandon me at some point.
NO! It just means that somehow, this was supposed to happen so you can become the person you are now. For me, all that has happened so far in my life means a lot, not only because it caused me a great deal of pain - i'm over that now, but because it opened new paths for me, it made me grow up and it made me truly appreciate life and people that make it worth living.
My point is, cherish life, even if you feel down; no matter how bad is the situation you are in, there's always a way out of it. And don't be afraid to talk about your problems. Stay positive
~FabulousLittleFlower "This is AWESOME!"
=mangasockattack"When life gets tough, when life seems hopeless, like the bad parts will never end, just look up and smile. There is a peak to EVERY mountain, and you will fine yours!
A friend of mine made this:
( you should add it!)
^ValaSedai "Life has been quite tough for me over the last few years with a few particularly bad moments and I still have times when I feel pretty down and demotivated frequently but whenever I go outside to a nearby park or even when I just simply open my window and the fresh cold air hits my face and I breathe in all the wonderful scents in the fresh air I remember why I live and why I love life. Nature in all its beauty, with all the fantastic moments it grants me, the freedom it makes me experience, with all the inspiration I can draw from it is most definitely one of the best reasons to be alive."
=wdnest "Wonderful - If we could only live to 1000."
:devassaveraveta: "Whenever you're feeling down,you should always think of something positive,change your mood - and you will see how your situation will change for the better~ <3"
~x-VivaerethAlonia-x "Don't rush through life, or you'll find yourself passing by the most beautiful moments."
*8-BitQuilter " Life is an amazing gift, not one that should be squandered or destroyed. Many people are unhappy with their own lifestyles, and fail to realize the joy of just being alive. God gave us life, and we shouldn't waste it. We should respect it."
!Kleyntjie "Happiness is an inside job, though don't be afraid to let some outside help in. "
=Mommy-of-Ein "Life is worth living, even if its just the little things that make you stop and smile."
=Nameda "I was thinking on the saying which is known to most Kung Fu Panda though Its only a shortened version of the saying which I know for a decade by Alice Morse Earle from 1902 though its origins are said to pre-date way earlier
"The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present."
Another favourite one is A day without a smile is a lost day by Charlie Chaplin.
And the 4 letter code IDIC from ST Infinite diversity in infinite combination which equals tolerance (in my opinion)
and last but not least froG... nope not the animal but the abbreviation of fully rely on God, ... something which is often really really hard to do. specially if life it throwing lemons at you... and worse"
!SongOfLives "Be someone who could change the world one person at time....starting with yourself."
=Royal-Demon "Last year, I had probably the hardest time of my short teenage-life. No friends and my family made a big fuss about me being an atheist and wanting to quit my confirmation.
But instead of thinking that it would have been better if those things never happend, they play an important role in my life. Even if this might sound a little bit cheesy, it made me stronger and independent. Those 'traumas' (if you want to call it like that) made me how I am today. Without those experiences, maybe I would be the same insecure, annoyig brat I was before.
I learned to accept - no, to LOVE myself for who I am.
And no matter how bad your current situation looks like, how unfair other people are to you, as long as you love yourself, you can share this love and receive even more!"
*SamanthaJordaan "Life is such a big word to me. It seems long. I live one day at a time. I actually only have a moment at a time. So I take each moment and look for the gift in it. It makes me grateful. Even if the moment is a challenge it makes me think creatively and overcome by facing it. Or if the moment is painful it will pass and i wont get stuck there. Things do not stay the same even if it feels like it in the moment. Thoughts have space and though someone may hold me down and constrict me they cannot hold my thoughts ,the mind has space like infinity. I don't have a drawing at the moment on this but I will work on it."
~sarahmanes "Life, it's that one unique gift that isn't worth giving up.
Even if it gets old, or even if it breaks, even if you let it fall, even if it's tattered and broken.
That just means you're collecting scars and battle wounds as memories.
As something you could retell to people who would actually care to listen.
"Sometimes life can bring you down, but you get up with a helping hand and a big, strong heart."
=TildsArt "We ARE life, and life is everything of sure and beautiful we have.
Everyone has his dark moments but that's what make us appreciate life even more. I'm in the process of recovering from depression and I've learnt a lot from it, first of all to love MY life, and everyone else's. To do the best for it and to make the change. If we smile at life, life will smile at us!"
~w3ndijane "Love, Empathy, Compassion, is needed . To try to reach out to others. It is so simple yet people find that so hard to understand
!We are one!
!travelgirlxx Sometimes, (read: daily) we just need to dance. Preferably outdoors, beneath the sun or moon, kissed by light."
=astarayel "One of my favorite quotes, by the poet Khalil Gibran, says "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." The challenges we experience and the way we use those challenges to grow shape and define who we become. Because we cannot know the struggles that others face, it's indescribably important to offer to those around us kindness, compassion, understanding, and support. Life, even a life filled with hardship, is a beautiful journey if we choose to make it so."
~Yumikio-Natsuki-Yoko"That is just so beautiful, I'm suffering with depression and I do hate life but seeing that has given me more
hope. Thank you so much"
~AnimeArtisian "Life is up and down, and you don't really know where you'll end up. But if you just keep going and push on through the bad times the good times all of a sudden seem better, Because you know that no matter what happens there will always be another good time to come."
~mashkina "It's a great project! Life is very changeable and it's the best part of it. Today rain - tomorrow sunshine, today good - tomorrow bad, but then something great happens again. You can never get tired, because it's never boring.
If your life brings you darkness now, please, be sure tomorrow you will wake up in light. Just keep moving through your life and look around!"
=Stygma "An event opened my eyes about life: Breast cancer! I survived it! Now, my problems are small. Now, I take the time to make my dreams real. Now I live for now! My job is not more important than me. The opinion of others are note more important than mine. Before, I was waiting for good things to happen. Now, I make them happen. Because, we can only live once..."
=TheGalleryOfEve "My personal way of "Praising Life" is by living each day as if it were the last day of my life!!! I truly love, smile, cry, do all the things I have to do intensely ... so that if something happens tomorrow, I won't have anything to regret ...
For years I've had this terrifying fear of losing my loved ones ... I felt that way since I lost my father, my grandfather and my godfather (whom I adored, because I was raised by my mom and her parents, and next to our house lived my godfather, and I was always glued to him!!!) on the same year, when I was a teen ... ... I then lived in a constant fear of losing the rest of my family ... it took me quite a long time to understand that my fear of losing my loved ones was not going to retain them any longer than what it will be ... so when I understood this, I began to tell the people I love, that I love them ... and HOW MUCH I love them!!! , and to show it to them as much as possible through my actions!!! ... Those who might have this fear will understand how paralyzing it is, and to those I say this: Live LIFE!!! Live it in such a manner that even the undertaker will cry when you leave!!! ... Don't hold your life because of your fears!!! This life is YOURS to live!!! ... Nobody will live it for you, so BE what you want to be!!!
Now, when I think about those loved ones who passed ... I only remember our good times together, and I don't feel the "loss" anymore, I feel EXTREMELY LUCKY because I've had the privilege of knowing such wonderful people in my lifetime!!! ... It's not a "loss" for me anymore, not it's a total "gain"!!! "
*VasiDgallery "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be."
~ Douglas Noel Adams"
*Stilleschrei "Live your life intense and enjoy every day, for it's over before you know it
You don't know what you got untill it 's gone
And in a world as big as ours, we all can make a difference
~Thepandagamer "Life is just like a movie. It has it's ups and downs, it has it's lovers and critiques. Sometimes it gets boring, but if you stick with it until the end, you won't be disappointed!""
*DreamsphereINC "Everything we do, we must do standing tall,
Never giving up, and giving everything your all.
For if you work hard enough, what you do will impact tomorrow,
Only then, can we believe, that we did not act in sorrow"
~tanasha67 "You and I know very well that life isn't easy, but think about it - what would life be like if everything went as you wish? I think it would be boring, because humans want to feel safe. Life is everything but safe, it is EXITING and NEW - an adventure... If you take a leap in the dark
~Thepandagamer "Life is just like a movie. It has it's ups and downs, it has it's lovers and critiques. Sometimes it gets boring, but if you stick with it until the end, you won't be disappointed!"
My philosophy in life is to stay positive. Try not to worry, try not to stress. Whatever happens, happens. Like, if your dog just got hit by a car - yes, it's a very emotional thing and a very sad day!! But don't let it stress you - stressing and crying will literally only do you damage. (Of course you can cry and grieve for your dog, but doing it for days and days becomes a little excessive, and you have to be strong and not let your grief get the best of you). You can remember the good times, and know that your dog will always be in your memories.
I know that's not a great example, but... There are so many situations where people stress, worry, cry, go into a fit of rage... and what good does it do? Maybe you'll punch someone's nose. Maybe you'll get a headache. Maybe you'll do something irrational. But what does that get you? Not a whole lot. Turn that energy into motivation to solve your problems. And if there's nothing you can do about your situation, then you have the option to stress and lose hair, or... take a walk, read a book... something relaxing!
Life is precious and I feel like there are a lot more moments people can turn around and enjoy "
"Don't rush through life. Cherish every good moment that happens, and worry about the bad to the least.
Praise life and spend it happy, not worrying and moping. For every minute you spend unhappy, that's one minute that could have been well spent being joyful.
Love life, and spend it well.
"There is no such thing as perfection. Even the most perfect person has flaws, even if it's very small."
"We are who we are so don't try to change us."
"Don't let anyone's ignorance, hate, drama, negativity stop you from becoming the best person you can be."
"Failure defeats losers, inspires winners."
"You may not know your purpose, but you do have one."
"The last illusion is believing oneself to have lost everything." - Maurice Chapelan
"Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depens solely on what you think." - Dale Carnegie
"It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but impossible to find it anywhere else." - Sebastian Chamfort"
I know it's kind of strange to say dA makes me happy, becasue not every deviation was made to make someone happy, but: I can relax when I see good art, I can be positive when there are positive pictures and even the darker ones can make me happy just because I get to look on the world on another way than before.
A few weeks ago I had a little depressive phase. I worried about my studies, I worried about the job I chose, I even worried about myself not beeing good enough for anything. I know I can do things, too, and I'm not useless, but as you said: It's not easy to always think positive.
I saw this picture (by *tholang) at dA and I was absolutely impressed by the meaning. Even in the darkest moments, when everywhere in the world policeman and soldiers have to do their work, there are these quiet moments full of normal and happy life. When a man comes to give the workers something to eat and everyone smiles.
This picture reminded me of the other side of the life. The side where the bad things can be forgotten, even if it's just for a few moments, and where I can be happy again.
(I can't say that with a quote, but I hope this helps you as much )"
My Grandpa is like a father to me. These past weeks were a NIGHTMARE. First he went to the ER for pneumonia and congestive heart failure. If that wasn't enough, he had 2 strokes about a week later. He had been in the hospital since. He was so bad the first few days, and we lost a lot of sleep and had frayed nerves.
We kept visiting though, telling jokes, laughing, we kept saying "Grandpa, you survived the draft and Vietnam, you'll survive this for sure!"
Like my brother said, "Grandpa, you're a tough old soldier." Which meant a lot to grandpa, since gramps gave jake one of his dog tags when he went off to boot camp in the Marine Corps.
Despite all the trauma and chaos, we pulled through...and Grandpa will come home tomorrow!!
My Grandpa is pretty much my dad. He took care of me, and is the only father figure I have ever had. He's pulled me through my own own mental illness, pushed me to follow my dreams, and has protected me fiercely. He gave me a reason to believe that life is not to be taken for granted, no matter the differences we should respect one another. Life is beautiful, no matter the ups and downs.
Hoorah, Grandpa. You are indeed " A tough old soldier."