[Jared Rant: [2016/01/21] The Pursuit Of Happiness

I don’t even read the comments section of the pages I work for.

Ok, I RARELY do. Do you know why? It’s because they’re almost always so filled with hate. There’s just so much anger in this world.

There are so many people who seem to live and breathe vitriol, and that stuff is as infectious as the Ebola virus, and I choose not to partake. When I DO break down and read them, and I see the hatred, and racism, and hypocrisy, and etc, I always think the same thing (and rarely reply).

Your hatred is stealing your joy not mine.

How do so many people not get that? Every day. Every hour. Every minute. Every second that they spend angry and vomiting hatred all over the Internet, and most probably their lives, is time that they could be walking their dog, or nurturing their garden, or playing catch with their child, or reading their bibles, or whatever, but instead almost all I see is HATRED in its most concentrated form and some of them spend HOURS on it.

HOURS.

As I am a survivor of some of the ugliest sides of life, I have learned to appreciate the little things like waking up, opening my eyes, and having my dog looking at my with a look on her face that says “Whatcha thinkin bouuuuuut?” It happened this morning and set the positive mood immediately, not that I generally need anything to do that. I am a positive person by nature.

I am a survivor and a lemonade-maker (if you will), and I can suck the marrow out of life with the best of them. I also sometimes find as I get older that it’s easier and easier to not sweat the small stuff, and I guess that comes with age and accrued wisdom. I mean I guess that should be obvious, but do you know something else that I find AMAZING?

Some people are at times genuinely annoyed by how positive I can be (One of my stories BOMBS? Nowhere to go but UP!). Idk why that is, nor do I spend a lot of time worrying about it, but it’s true. Some people just DO NOT like positive people and when I come across those people I brush by them and I keep on smiling while remembering some of my favorite quotes like “The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway,” and “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway,” and (one of my personal favs) “People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.”

Always remember that people CAN steal your joy, but only if you let them, and they might hate you simply for being happy when they aren’t, and they might even resent your smile.

Smile anyway.

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[Editor’s note: This is the FINAL Jared Rant I had saved. I am sure that he posted many more good things, but it’s all I have. In retrospect, I wish I had saved more of them.

Jared was a Good Man.

Sure, he had done some Bad Things, but he was GROWING and LEARNING. It’s a shame that his life was cut off by such tragic circumstances. I really miss him]