Lhorie Alejandrino

Happy Aftermath

“Life isn’t happening to you; life is responding to you.”

[Rhonda Byrne]


Last month was a great way to start the new year. I have set off to do what I promised myself I would– to live more and to do it adventurously. Now, I’m a better person for it. I’m not talking in the egotistical sense of the word, but better as in happier.

I have been cooped up in my depressing little world of my own demise for the past couple of years. I have always had my dreams in my heart, but for whatever reason I settled for mediocrity. I wasn’t depressed per se. I just felt incomplete. I knew there was something else I should be doing, but wasn’t. And when I finally found the strength to live up to my own expectations, my life changed.

That whole self-pity indulgent ended last month. I promised I would explore more, and I have. I promised I would write, more and I have. I promised I would laugh more, love more, thank more, and I HAVE! Now, I’m a happier person for it.

Was it easy? Let’s just say it was easy on days I willed it to be and harder on days I expected less.

It was all in my head. When I consumed my thoughts with negativity, I ended up with a meaningless day. But when I chose happiness, guess what? Everything was perfect. It’s a process that I am still battling, but everyday it gets better. I just always have to remind myself that I chose everything that happens to me. It is after all, my life. Only I have the authority to give people or situations the permission to either hurt me or please me. I chose the latter.

Accomplishing what I set out to achieve, my life since has been meaningful in every way. The mere act of doing set off a domino effect and because I feel genuinely happier, everything around me feels happier. Strangers are friendlier, work is less stressful, my days are more productive, everything just works out! I only have to do things once and getting what I want is now easier to get.

I am living more in every sense of the word. I am happier even in doing my daily routine. I’m more inspired and motivated in everything I do. Because of this new attitude, I am also doing more than I thought I was capable of.

Last month alone, I walked through a magical forest,

I cheered for the Clippers from the VIP room,

I Chilled with Alice in Winterland

I reignited my love for art,

I built a snowman, made a snow angel, and slid down the snow all in one hour,

I wrote 14 articles, making this my 15th.

All this while working a 9-5 and doing what mommies do when at home. All this was possible, because I chose to make it so.

If there is only one thing you inherit from my testimony , make it this:

Choose Happiness!


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