Yes, folks. It was ten days ago that I celebrated my 40th year of existence on this planet, as acknowledged by Stara-Purdy , and I could not tell you how much my entire family and friends from else-ways truly care. Looking back, I have had some good times as well as the other kind, and lately the other kind have been ebbing and flowing. For example, I thought that at my age I would be like other guys with wives, children, good job, successful...
Reality makes fantasy a big lie, doesn't it?
The sad part is that there are some people out there that are so stubborn and emotionally blind, that they refuse to accept the reality as "a part of everyday life" by saying that part of life is wrong and they don't want any part of it. I had this kind of thought process once, but nobody would challenge me on it because they saw it as a stupid argument that's not worth their time. They were right. It was stupid thinking.
In all these 40 years of life experiences, I think it's safe to say that no one person should be right all the time, nor should they believe the world revolves around them. We are all part of a global community that needs to provide service to each other. Rewards are nice, but the service should be thought of first and foremost. And don't try to live up to too-high expectations. See what your limits are, and then try to take a moderately-sized step beyond them. It only takes one day at a time.