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Life Sucks And Then You Die.....Or....

Updated on March 16, 2013

I FIND THE NUMBER STAGGERING


90,500 separate searches were made on Google last month using those six words. Life sucks and then you die!

Am I the only one who finds that profoundly sad?

Now I suspect that many of those 90,500 were just searching that sentence because they had nothing better to do with their time. Some may have searched it because they are sarcastic little smartasses. Still, I am guessing that a number of those searches were made by people who truly believe that life is rotten and there is nothing more to this living gig.

I say that because I have known such people. Hell, I am saying it because, at one time, I was one of those people.

There was a time during the mid-to-late 80’s when it would not have taken much to convince me that there was nothing more to life than misery and unhappiness. My marriage was rapidly declining. Alcohol owned my soul, and each and every day required a major effort just to get out of bed and fake it for another day. What was the point in living if life consisted of nothing more than sadness and self-loathing?

And yet twenty-four years later here I am, living large and loving life in Olympia, Washington.

How did this transformation take place? How did I go from shades of black to a full-blown Technicolor feast of life?

I made a decision to start living and quit dying!

Is this how you view life?
Is this how you view life? | Source

IT DOES NOT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT


Most major changes occur over a period of time, and the change that happened in me was no different. I had to stumble and bumble my way through the 90’s, and I took a major fall in 2006, but the foundation for a better life had been laid. I knew, after some reflection, that alcohol had to be banished. I knew that my personal problems were mostly of my own making, and that I needed to decommission the old Bill and sign up for a new, improved model. I knew those things with great clarity but still, change takes time.

For me, progress was measured with two steps forward and often times three steps back, but to my credit I never turned around and retreated. I was always facing the direction in which I believed salvation could be found. There were days I finished on the plus side of the ledger of progress. There were days I felt I had not moved at all, and a tiredness overcame me, so bone-deep as to leave me almost catatonic. Still I did not give up.

Why?

My family taught me that life is good.
My family taught me that life is good. | Source

OBSERVATION AND EXPERIENCE


I knew from my childhood that life was good. I had experienced it. I saw the truth in the faces of other people as well. One cannot fake genuine happiness. It shines from your eyes and radiates to all those around you. Give a five-year old a new puppy and you will see living proof that life does not suck. Watch a mother nurse her child and you will know in your heart that life does not suck. Take a moment to observe life around you and you will see countless examples that prove that many believe that life does not suck.

So if I believed that life sucked then I needed to find what those others had found, the secret, the explanation, the truth that they knew and I did not.

THE SEARCH


Where does one go? How do you find that which is missing when you barely know what it looks like? How do we program into a GPS unit the coordinates for the corner of Happiness and Contentment?

In my case, I learned from those who already resided there. I watched them closely and took mental notes. I tried to emulate their actions and fake it until I could make it on my own. I observed that they loved others unconditionally. I observed that they helped others unselfishly and I noticed that they were humble and that they laughed often. I found them to be kind, caring, compassionate and empathetic.

And through observation I learned.

DOES LIFE SUCK?


No! That is an emphatic no! I have known people who did not have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of, and they loved life and found magic in each day. It would have been so easy for them to say that life sucked, but instead they embraced every single moment of every single day as the incredible gift it is.

Other than those who have mental disorders and are incapable of positive thought patterns, life is really what you make it. What are your expectations? If they are too lofty and you fail to meet them then yes, I can see where you might find life a bit sucky. However, the fault is not in the nature of life but rather in your expectations.

Once we grasp that reality then taking the necessary steps towards happiness becomes possible.

So important

YES, WE DIE


Some sooner than others, but dying is part of the living gig and there are no guarantees. We come with a limited lifetime warranty and the One issuing the warranty is the only One aware of when that warranty expires.

We have choices while that warranty is still in effect. We can live life to the fullest or we can just survive. I have known five people who chose to die before their time, and I find great sadness in it. For me, there really is only one choice, and that is to squeeze every ounce of life out of the time I have left. Who am I to assume that I have tomorrow? If I make that assumption then I am a fool.

I say strap on some PIPO (positive in/positive out) and set about living this life like a hummingbird on speed. I say get out and meet some positive people and I say help others. I say turn your damn life around so you see the sunshine rather than the ever-present storm clouds.

Don’t tell me that life sucks because I ain’t buying it. Tell me, instead, how you plan on changing your outlook on life, and tell me how you are going to become a positive influence on the lives of others.

It is too damn easy to quit on life. Show me how you are going to fight for it.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Great Hub, Bill. It's good to feel an upbeat positive attitude being presented. The appreciation and love of life is a state of mind. If you want it, nothing can stand in your way. Like the people you mentioned, "without a pot to piss in", I've witnessed so many with a smile on their face while at the same time, someone who seemingly has it all looks like the saddest sack of the bunch. Thumbs up my friend...smile and keep em coming!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You know, Bill...normally I am just like you...doing this positive thing and meaning it from the depth of my core.

      Today I needed you and I really thank you. I love you, Bill.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I am going to "plan on changing your (MY) outlook on life, and tell me (YOU) how you (I) are (AM) going to become a positive influence on the lives of others by doing the best I can wherever I am and what mood difficulties I am having.

      I like your "My family taught me that life is good." photo!

      I like how your words flowed and how you created from the 6 words on the internet...clever!

      I like the points yo made here :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I read this hub and thought about all the miserable people I have known or presently known. So many people base their lives on one or two things..and nothing wrong..Some I know care only about their looks and what they eat ....I care about both but it makes a small piece of the major pie of life. Life has to have meaning and all of us get it from other sources. We need to socialize to stay healthy, we need to have things we love to do ..to enjoy life..and we need to love people and have a love for life. As I said before no matter how wonderful life is ..it is never easy. As always a thought provoking ideas A book Thoughts from a closed room...Thank you so much for all the inspiration you have given me..and have kept me going here on Hub...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, what a lovely thing for you to say. I love you too! I think too many people are afraid to admit feelings like that for fear they will sound sexual or inappropriate. I love who you are; I love your spirit and your compassion. Yes, Maria, I do love you.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, thank you! Bev has requested that I turn my attention to positive messages after spending so much time talking about the negatives in society today. This is the product of that request, and there will be more to follow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, you are a doll. I am fully aware of the battle you face on a daily basis and yet you are always supportive of others...I love your smile and your determination to make life work. Thank you for being who you are. You are a daily inspiration to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, that was a very nice thing for you to write. If I have given you inspiration then I am a very happy man. We can all do that for each other....we just have to be willing to do so.

      Thank you my friend and I hope you have a great weekend.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sidartha is one of my favorites --- I know, this hub will change some lives for the better. Thank you for that. If we are filled with love, there is no room for anything else.

      Luv ya ;-)

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      'Mornin' Billy

      Once again I thank you for a good up-beat article.

      My theory is that we choose our lessons before we come here and that if we're learning then we're doing what we (and probably Someone Else) thought was majorly important to our growth. Life lessons suck sometimes but that only means we're maybe not going to have to come back and do it all over again.

      I'm not going to mention that part about mothers nursing their child and life not sucking. I promise.

      Have a great weekend!

      Carol

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      What an incredible number of searches! What could people hope to find with a search like that?

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Hi billybuc,

      Do permit me to gently tease you first:

      "Alcohol owned my soul, and each and every day required a major effort just to get out of bed and fake it for another day." You were in a bad way!! (Smile)

      This is truly an awesome Hub. I always say that I am instinctively a servant, and when I see others serving, I recognise it straight away and I feel a sense of divine pride. God bless your journey and all those whom you serve. Om Shanti.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      The trick is to change "life sucks, then you die" to "treasure every moment you have because time waits for no one".

      (Souza said that last quotation, not me of course).

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wonderful hub, Bill. I will bookmark so that the next time (and there will be one!) me or someone around me starts awhinin', we can be reminded! Thank you! UP++ Have a beautiful Saturday!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      I love the challenges that life presents us all pretty much, and I think that is what keeps the fire and fuel in my internal systems ever burning here as I am to remain encapsulated into this flesh body armor of a vessel.

      Bill I love this hub because it is raw, its uncut, and the real deal about folks who care not to live life to the fullest. It's also about those who give up far too soon, and without putting up the good fight as you've suggested to many folks, and including myself. You have presented a great discussion piece into action for sure, and I believe many folks shall agree with you for sure on each premise and truth you've indeed fully expressed here bro.

      I agree, If a person looks at life with a permanent shaded view, as you said shades of black, then that is the only color spectrum such a person shall bear witness too for sure. Life in its purest forms of the sense, has so many varying dimensions to it I never believed for a day that there were only 3.

      For myself I believe there is an Infinite amount colors, but the human mind can only grasp a minute amount of the whole, because we aren't calibrated in that way to detect it all, plus god didn't make us like a machine.

      Thanks bro for writing this very hub, it goes to show that you have indeed found the secret to life for yourself, and for your loved ones to experience.

      Now being online and sharing such a thought process, and existence with others is a both noble and admirable as well.

      Bravo Bill on yet another well thought out masterpiece. Thumbs up and outta here!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Billy... it is all about attitude and the way you perceive life. Well spoken my friend, when a man finds what is important in life he needs to focus on it and not all the other stuff...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, great line....if we are filled with love, there is no room for anything else. True words my friend. Love to you as well, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol....LOL...thank you for not mentioning that. :) I tend to agree about life's lessons my friend. Thankfully I have a lot of lessons I will no longer have to learn. Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I do not know but it is a large number of very sad searches.

      Thank you and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I was indeed in a bad way, but those days are behind me now. Thank you my friend and may you find happiness at every turn.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, you shouldn't have told me. I would have believed it came from you. :) Thanks lil' one!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, a beautiful Saturday I shall have, and you do the same in sunny Arizona! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, I know you understand this lesson quite well. Thank you for being the man that you are. Blessings to you always my friend.

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      We find so many reasons to take solace in the statement: life sucks. We take good things for granted and then keep on sulking about everything. I feel that feeling gratitude is one of the keys in maintaining the balance in life.

      Very good tips and a good never-give-up attitude, Bill! Great way to enjoy the weekend to the fullest. Have a wonderful weekend ahead. :D

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      So true. Great hub!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Said quite perfectly Bill and I agree life is totally what you make of it. Thanks and hope you are having a wonderful weekend, now!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      The PIPO reminds me of the term in retail, FIFO, meaning first in/first out.

      It is amazing how changing your attitude and outlook can turn you from living in gloom to living in sunshine. I have been in dark times, although my personality doesn't allow it to last for too long at a time. But sometimes it is easy to dwell on the negative, and fall into a cloud of despair. I am so glad you were strong and persistent enough to get out of it yourself.

      I'm watching your video, and I think it is absolutely adorable how you interact with Bev. She sounds so sweet! I also enjoyed hearing your kitty cat meow. You have some good thoughts on love.

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Wow, that title sure caught my attention Bill and I had to read it because I deal with someone like that on a daily basis. I read every one's comment also but didn't see anything mentioned about DEPRESSION. There are many reasons for feeling that way from being pessimistic toward everything to having too many falls in life but I think for some people it's the chemical imbalance in the brain and they need more than just working on their attitude to change that. This is a great hub to share with everyone. Thank you :).

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      I love this Bill, I feel as if I've just been given a really uplifting pep-talk! Thank you for your words, you are right, life will be whatever we make of it, and it doesn't suck at all! And most of all, thank you for being you.. your strength of character and outlook on life are an inspiration to me and to many others... all the best from the riverbank, Jen

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      James E Cressler 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      My favorite saying used to be "Give me a single-solitary break!" And I needed a break because life wasn't good. It's hard to be good or anything else worth while when you drink a bottle of bourbon every day. Today is much better because of sobriety and a spiritual way of life. If I can do it - anyone can!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      No, Bill, you're not the only one!!! That is VERY sad to me as well. We should be so very thankful for each and every day we are given, as it is a gift and appreciate each moment we have left on this Earth, while we still have it. And remember to tell those we love that we love them.

      Bill, I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to move forward by your writings, as I have decided to begin again working on my novel and series of children's books that I have been putting off. However, to do so, I will have an extended vacation from HubPages to do so. I will pop in every now and then, but for the most part will be away from HP. Thank you for your inspiring writings to get one motivated in this life.

      God bless you and Bev, and I hope nothing but the best in this lifetime for you and Bev always.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Gary R. Smith 4 years ago from the Head to the Heart

      Bill, people are so conditioned to look for happiness on the outside. How much support does society provide for relying on one's own inner resources? I see the 'life sucks' mentality on almost all faces when I walk through this German spa town. It is a renowned spa town set in beautiful rolling hills in northern Bavaria. Sure, the winter is long, grey and cold, but the empty faces reflect more than that. It is the fear for survival, for having not enough, for what could happen.

      The same mentality we have seen everywhere we have lived and traveled. Where there is wealth people seem high stressed and plastic. Where there is natural beauty people are also often drawn out by human drama.

      I saw graffiti in a nearby German college town which also says a lot, 'Fuck the pain away.' Of course, I don't believe it works, not in the long term. Any dependence on the outside for happiness, whether on sex, drugs, alcohol, material possessions, friends, fame or video games, will only thwart one's own whole-person maturing process. But it does say something, that people are in pain, the pain of loneliness, emptiness, purposelessness and fear. There are forks in each person's road, choices which will lead to 'life sucks and then you die' or 'I live the joy of Self-discovery and self-responsibility.'

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Mike, how ya doing brother?

      I think if most people were aware of how much we are capable of doing, they would be busting their butts to accomplish great things. We have barely touched our potential as human beings. Imagine....

      Thank you buddy! We need to keep on keeping on and good things will happen...heck, they already are happening and thus this piece of writing. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, there isn't an ounce of quit in me and I am certain the same can be said about you. Thank you, and I wish you peace and happiness, today and always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, thank you so much. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I am about to head out and plant some fruit trees, and a bounty of fruit will come from it....a pretty nice metaphor about life.

      Thank you and enjoy the rest of your Saturday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, Bev is the adorable one in this family. I'm just here to hold the doors open for her. :) I am a lucky man for sure and life is so good.

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      What a wonderful way to start my day. Oh, yea, I'm way behind today. The song put a smile on my face as did the birds playing outside my window while I read this. It's too true. Misery is a choice. Happiness isn't a destination but rather how we interact with the journey. I often have to be reminded of that. "What a beautiful Morning." That's going to be my theme of the weekend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bake, I feel sad for those with depression and other mental disorders. No matter how much they want positives their mind is battling them every step of the way.

      As for the rest of us....no excuses. :)

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, what a kind thing for you to say. Thank you! Like all others, I draw strength from my loved ones and friends, and I am forever grateful for you all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jcressler, I do believe I said the same words back in the drinking days. Today, as you well know, life is very, very good, and I plan on keeping it that way. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, your news makes me very happy. Well done my friend. If I can be of any help during your process please feel free to ask. Best wishes to you. You will be missed but I will anticipate your return after those books are finished.

      Blessings and love, today and always,

      bill

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The numbers don't really surprise me, there are so many people out there that truly feel that life does suck. I can honestly say that when I was a child my life sucked. But because of the good times I had even if they were far few and in between, that life could only get better.

      Interesting article as always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Emanate, nicely said my friend. I see the same blank faces as I go about each day. It's as though, like you said, they are just concentrating on survival and nothing more. I remember those days well and I will never return to them. Life is a trip to the candy shop for me each day and I am so grateful for this gift.

      Have a wonderful weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetvix, what a great theme for the weekend. I love waking up to the sound of birds in the morning. There was a day in my life when I wanted to shoot them for making so much noise. LOL My goodness, life has changed for this boy and I am very grateful.

      Thank you as always my friend. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, I love that....life can only get better. My life is incredible right now but I believe it will get better....and it's up to me to make that happen. Thank you!

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      James E Cressler 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      ...and thank you Billy for the many articles and comments!

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Great hub, Bill.

      Isn't it odd that as a human race, we have more luxury items than those who came before us, and more free time to enjoy the luxuries.

      At the same time, we have more life coaches, mental health counselors,

      and psychiatrists dispensing more mood enhancing drugs than ever before.

      There are genuine personality disorders and mental health issues that truly find help with these drugs. I do not mean to cast disparaging remarks their way.

      I am not sure that deciding to live life to its fullest will make it so. But, I like your advice to "fake it 'til you make it".

      All in all, I do believe that if everyone read your hub a couple of times a week, some great points that you made, might begin to sink in.

      It is a super hub with simple information that can change lives.

      Kudos to you, Mr. Holland

      Voted up and sharing!

      DJ.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      ...and you are a daily inspiration to me!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      The person I have to convince that life is worth living is yours truly, and thankfully, thus far, I have. Bill, thank you for cheering us on to achieve all that we can, to embrace the sacredness that is Life, to love to the fullest, to dance with joy in our hearts. You have done it again with your inspiring, caring William Holland words, words that exhort all of humanity to embrace the preciousness that is Life.

      Blessings,

      Reba

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill, oops, I meant it is adorable how you and Bev interact with each other. It's so sweet! She sounds wicked adorable!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      I love this line: "Give a five-year old a new puppy and you will see living proof that life does not suck. " It was a great read. Your hubs are very relatable. I have been there before, myself, and for a long time; even before my parents passed away. I feel like I had to go to the other side of the world to turn myself around. My motivation was my unborn baby. I also learned from others that were more enlightened and faked it until I became it. Life is great! Thank you for sharing.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Life has been extremely harsh for some people, but it all comes back to attitude. Viktor Frankl said, after living in a Nazi concentration camp and watching people who suffered incredibly, that we all have a choice, even when all other choices have been taken from us: our attitude toward what happens to us.

      Great hub, Bill! And Life is Beautiful and Precious.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Well now; I can honestly say I'm much too busy for life to suck, time is just too damn precious. Here is a Quote by Kay Lyons about time.

      "Yesterday is a cancelled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have - so spend it wisely"

      Those who moan 'life sucks' need to get off their butts and take a look around, there are people dying in pain and still they find a reason to smile...but I shouldn't go there, since we're being positive.

      You are still on fire my friend.

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Even when we are positive and happy bad things happen to good people. Happiness is a choice. There are many who go through a dark night of the soul to emerge strong and resilient. The greatest part of this HUB Bill was the video about uncondtional love. That was beautiful. This made me laugh, "Children will poop in their bed and puke all over and you still love them.."

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh kindred, what a great article. My life is good but it took me a long time to learn to appreciate its goodness. You and I both know it's all about choice but I wonder sometimes, are we biased simply because we did grow up with parents who really parented and still knew how to make you feel loved? I wonder sometimes if we are expecting too much because we had it so good. I don't know the answer but I know it's horribly sad that so many feel so worthless, useless, and defeated. But, like you, I am deteremined to change it every time I run into it. Hugs, my friend, for always being awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Jcressler!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audra!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, I believe that is our highest calling....to love...to help...to care. I know you understand that my dear friend.

      Thank you for your kind words. There are many days I do not believe I deserve that kind of praise. It's something I need to work on. :)

      blessings to you as well,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I understood, and she is wicked adorable.....shhh, don't tell her I said that. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Insightful, I can understand you motivation being your unborn...and you found it....and I love it!

      Thank you kind lady! Enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie and I love the Frankl quote....very true words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I'm glad you didn't go there. LOL Thank you. I'll cool off when I'm dead. Until then I'm just going to keep on writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, thank you! I love making the videos and I've gotten away from it. Thanks for the reminder. Maybe I'll work on one tomorrow.

      I hope you are well and happy. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, I don't know the answer to that question. I just know I recognize now how good life is and I'm not returning to the dark days. Life is good and much better with you in it.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good evening Bill

      Maybe in some cases the life sucks part comes. Then life altering circumstances come that lead them out of the sadness and despair. For each person finding the way back, the way out, they way to a new view differs as you know.

      Astounding that there were that many searches on the topic---for whatever reason.

      Again you wound up with hope and on a positive note. Some parts of everyone's life MAY suck...but ..the good news is no one has to stay stuck in that place. Voted up, Bill ++++ and shared

      On the way to you and yours are many Angels.:) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I hesitated in writing this hub because I didn't want people to think I was oversimplifying life and its problems. I know for sure that there are people who have mental disorders that are hard to manage. However, the main thrust of this article was aimed at those who do not have such problems and still think that life sucks. It just ain't true. :)

      Thank you my friend! Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, as you know, I speak from experience. As do you! We can choose to wallow in the muck or we can choose to enjoy this gift of life. I know what I choose.

      Those angels are always welcome here in Olympia.

      Blessings and a hug,

      bill

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard someone say "Life sucks and then you die" I'd be retired and lounging somewhere in Tuscany right now. It is a rather sad commentary on how a lot of people view their lives. I'm with you however, we are only here for a short period of time so live life to the fullest and cram in as much as you can handle. Meet people, go places, laugh, experience as much as possible and love your family and friends. Great job.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you are the living, breathing example of that philosophy, and I love it. If ever there was a man who lived his life accordingly, it is you. Well done buddy! Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      "....sarcastic little smartasses." Lol!

      Billybuc, I so love your honesty.

      What an excellent statement: "I made a decision to start living and quit dying!"

      I was there too - at the point where I accepted life as it was...

      Excellent hub, Bill!

      Btw - your audition is scheduled for 22 March, but anything unforeseen may require postponement of a couple of days... :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martie! I am very happy we both saw the light and headed towards it.

      I've been practicing and I'm ready for the audition. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You are right Bill, life only gives back to us with interest, what we give to it. Very positive as always. Voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      I believe in PIPO, yes as you say it is all too easy to give up. The challenge is not to quit but keep going on come what may. Voted up.

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      Gary R. Smith 4 years ago from the Head to the Heart

      Billybuc, another thought came this morning. It is unlikely but possible that there is another explanation for the 'Life sucks' searches. To illustrate, in New Zealand I saw a bumper sticker that said 'I (heart) All Blacks.' Heart meaning 'love.'

      I interpreted it to be a statement of racial tolerance. Couple of days later, saw 'I Love All Blacks' on a sign above a bar. Ah! Now I get it! 'All Blacks' is a brand of beer!

      Later, co-workers in a Queenstown laundry plant told me that 'All Blacks' is a world class rugby team!

      So, that is to say, however unlikely, it is possible that 'Life sucks and then you die' is a rock band, or a video game, or a secret code. Or, as the premise above, some people really feel that way.

      Oho! After writing this, I thought why not do a search myself. And guess what came up!? 'Life Sucks... And Then You Die! was the debut album by Cerebral Fix – a thrash metal band from Birmingham, England.'

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I never stopped fighting. Yes, I've had my share of hard times. Who hasn't? The thing that keeps me going is that I never wanted to be my mother who could find no joy in anything and seem only happy when...actually she was never happy. I couldn't let my kids have a mother like that. That would have been cruel.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. For my wife, I am going back to neurology. My social worker found a report, my doctor didn't know about.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A much needed inspiring hub! I have been through times over the past few years when I wanted to give up, just give up. I have recently come to know that there is more to life than just giving up. I have learned to stay positive and move forward, rather than being a coward and running away from problems. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Votes up and sharing!

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Thanks for this wonderful journey.I like the way now you look at life.At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, butwe must have to believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All we have to do as you stated that above, is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey. Doug Horton says:

      Life is good when we think it's good. Life is bad when we don't think

      I voted up

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      Joshua Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

      Life does not suck; it is us who create the thoughts that life sucks. One thing I'm sure is that every person has a purpose. When one hasn't realized his or her purpose that person may get discouraged to a point of making a conclusion that life sucks.

      Having goals, helping people and sharing with people will make life to be meaningful this brings happiness. There are many things we can do that will make us to be happy.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I will show everyone tomorrow how life does not suck. Once you see the pictures that I have, you will draw in your breath and marvel at the intricate and colorful beauty of what surrounds us, in its glorious simplicity... AND in the meantime, your words of sensibility will help those that have a bit of negativity to think a bit about it. Awesome and up! If you write a bit on nature, please feel free to ask me for the pictures. I think we could do some good teamwork on that.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Beautiful, uplifting, and very encouraging!! Life does not Suck...... And you said it so well. I have always been a believer in the light at the end of the tunnel. I may be pessimist about little things, but as far as the big picture goes, I know there is a bright sunshine after the storm! I know this will help a lot of people ...... Thanks for sharing this with us, Billy. GREAT JOB :)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I know that you are uncomfortable with praise, but I must tell you that you are an exceptionally gifted writer! There, I've said it--blush if you must, but it had to be stated.

      I loved the song 'A Beautiful Morning'; and your cool statement that we all come with a limited lifetime warranty--how very true. However, I have always remembered Walt Disney's motto: 'Keep Moving Forward'. Apparently it is yours, too! Voted way Up my friend,

      Pearl

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for some positive inspiration on a day that hasn't started out right. I'll try to turn things around.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, life does give back to us, depending on what we give it. Great the way that works. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, that is the challenge, and it is one we face daily. I like the fact that I am in control of my outlook on life.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Emanate, thank you for the research and different perspective. I think it is safe to assume I won't be listening to that band in this lifetime. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, bravo to you for ending the cycle of unhappiness in your family. Think of your kids and the wonderful legacy you are giving them. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I hope they find some positives in your next visit. Best of luck my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livingsta, good for you my young friend. There is so much joy in life if we are willing to fight for it. Thank you for sharing your personal experience.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      James, I love that quote. Thank you for that and yes, life is good. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nyamache, I believe that with every fiber of my being. Thank you for stating it so eloquently.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I look forward to seeing those pictures, and I would love to collaborate with you. Let me give the Nature angle some thought. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, it's always nice to see you visit my friend. Bev calls me a positive cynic, and I think that is pretty accurate. I believe good will happen but I get so disappointed in my fellow man that at times you would not know that I am a positive person. :) Thank you my dear and I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I am blushing and thank you! My dad always told me that....always forward. Holland's do not retreat! I hated hearing it but he was right. :) Thank you dear lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, even if you don't turn it around today, you always have tomorrow to give it a go. :) Thank you and best of luck with your day.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you for being positive without being glib. It's much easier to identify with someone who shares their own troubles---you have used your trials to grow and then uplift others. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MrsBrowns, I would never be glib. Life is too painful at times for glib. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, life is awesome! There is so much to do, so many things to see, so much to discover and so many dreams to achieve. Certain situations might suck, but life is a gift we will never experience again (at least I don't think so!).

      God didn't go thru all to which He has subjected Himself (crying for the lost and seeing Man's ugliness), for the end result to suck! He gave us perception, the ability to dream and the ability to go after those dreams. He's given us compassion, love, understanding and most of all - laughter!

      Yeah, the end of the novel of Life is death, but the journey is wonderful and full of surprise and beauty.

      I am a Lover of Life and all it has to offer!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think anyone who knows you knows that you love life.....and if they don't, all they have to do is read this comment. :)

      love you,

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Glad it was not you saying that! I breathed a sigh of relief to read that. I agree with you and no matter how we feel if we squeeze all the happiness in we can we will feel much better!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Jackie, it will never be me saying that again. Those days are long gone. Life is good my friend, and it will remain that way as long as my attitude is on the right track.

      Thank you and have a great week!

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      You do speak from experience and I hope somehow someone out there who does not want to live any longer or believes life is awful, finds your hub. Some people have a tougher time than others, but in the end, it really is what we make it. Really good hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles, what good is experience if you don't share it? I hope you are right and somehow my words help someone else. Thank you!

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Well, I am here to add a few words from a different perspective, which doesn't mean what I will say is good or bad. I just have a few things I can say.

      "Life sucks and then You die" - First of all, there should be a comma after "then". LOL Sorry, couldn't help it ...

      But in all honesty in my teenage years I used to have a favorite saying: "Life's a bitch and then, You die/ That's why we get high, 'cause You never know when You gonna go". These lines come from a song by Nas: "Keepin' it real, packing steel, getting high 'cause life's a bitch and then, You die ... that's why we get high 'cause You never know when You gonna go".

      I grew up in and around ghettos and that is often the perception, that life sucks. With little opportunity, always on the hustle "to make a dollar out of fifteen cents" (Keith Murray's quote) and clashing with the System at every turn, I can certainly understand this perspective. I not only understand it, I live(ed) it.

      "to my credit I never turned around and retreated"- Good. I am happy and grateful for that.

      "I knew from my childhood that life was good." - Haha ... I can't even say that much having been born under the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe.

      "Does Life suck?" - I am happy You said "no". I think it depends who You ask. My brother-in-law thought that Life sucked so badly that he hung himself. Here, the saying about "what doesn't kill You makes You stronger" is useless. And we should all see that: for some Life is just too heavy and they cannot continue.

      "It is too damn easy to quit on life." - I disagree with this too. It took years of extreme psychological pain before my brother-in-law actually committed suicide. It was not easy ... not easy for anyone ...

      I just wish everyone would have the ability to see each other's perspectives. We would be more understandable, compassionate and we would be able to judge better. Yet, it is tough to leave our ego behind for a minute and try to put ourselves exactly in someone else's shoes.

      I appreciate You writing this article. Thank You.

      May Wakan Tanka guide your path.

      P.S. Nas, on why Life's a bitch (one does not need to agree, only to understand): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnKUUBKLygE

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Constant complaining and not looking forward is definitely not it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the visit, Michelle.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Cheers to life! Refreshing hub. Very nice way to end my day. Good night.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is what you make of it, children don't see life the way adults do. A precious gift not wrapped in a bow so one should enjoy life instead of complaining. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, a very compassionate and reflective comment. Thank you! You have given me food for thought this Monday morning, as you always do. I appreciate your thoughts greatly.

      Peace and blessings to you,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tireless, thank you for the visit. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! Of course I agree with what you have said.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another great read ; your words well chosen and the meaning so clear.

      A great message through and through ; here's to so many more to come. Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You know, Bill, sometimes your new hub timing is perfect for me, and this one is no exception. I've had a couple of stressful days, and stress always exacerbates several of my physical problems, which creates more stress, which...well, you get my drift. I have to mentally put on the brakes and stop this downward spiral and use the PI/PO method to do so.

      If I allowed myself to frequently think of everything I can't do (rather than what I can do), I'd be in a blue funk most of the time. I'd rather try the "psyche yourself into feeling happy by smiling" technique, and--you know--it works! Not letting myself slip into that quicksand of feeling sorry for myself is the first step. The second is actively using positive affirmations. The third is positive action--actually doing something to reverse the trend.

      Now, my positive actions may be more cerebral than physical, but I've found that anything positive that emanates from my mind and thoughts can overcome stress and gloom. It's necessary to keep at it for a while.

      Sure, I'd like to be able to get out and walk a few miles at a brisk pace (I used to love to do that, and it cleared out the cobwebs in a hurry), but that's no longer an option for me. This means I have to find another way to make myself feel good, stop stressing and look forward to a new day as a new opportunity.

      Thanks for the reminder....Voted Up++++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy!

      As always, I appreciate you stopping by and being so encouraging. I hope you are well and life is good.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, I love your attitude and you can hang with Bev and I any old time. I understand...I really do. I'm not nearly as active as I once was, and it gets me in that blue funk. I used to love to go for hikes in the mountains and go snowshoeing....the last time I was up there I could barely make it around the trail. The lungs and legs just aren't what they used to be.

      The good news is that I can't stand being around me when I'm in a bad mood, so for self-preservation I force myself to grab hold of the PIPO!

      Thanks my friend...take care and best wishes.

      bill

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Bill, interesting hub. I am really glad to see that you now have such a positive outlook on life. Life can really suck when you are looking at it through fifty shades of black (couldn’t help that). I have to say this, my ex-husband is the only person I know who went from a gutter drunk and drug addict to recovery and who can now take a drink without falling off the wagon. AA said it couldn’t be done, but he now seems to be able to enjoy a drink with his wife. I congratulate him.

      Anyway, I’m sure we all know people who aren’t happy unless they are unhappy and making everybody around themselves miserable. It is even worse when that person is a family member and can’t be avoided. I’m beginning to think that these are just tormented souls who are born that way. I hope somewhere down the trail of eternity they learn real happiness and love. I’m sure there are a few persons with a chemical imbalance who might benefit from medication and counseling. To others whom “life sucks” is just a state of mind, I hope you folks get over it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizBejabbers, I have known people like your ex-husband and I am in awe and I have no explanation. I know it is impossible for me to have one drink. I have proven that fact over and over again, and I'm tired of trying to be "normal."

      I like your statement that there are some who are just tormented souls who will never see the sunshine for the black clouds. I can't imagine going an entire lifetime like that.

      Thank you my friend and I hope you are well and happy.

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Thanks, Bill. Doing well and busy as all-get-out. Just waiting for the Ledge to go home and let us breathe. I have one far-out theory about my ex-husband. Right after our divorce he called me very upset. He had a fast-growing tumor on his thyroid that had to be removed muy pronto because it had grown so much in two weeks that it was choking him. He is very fortunate that it was not cancerous. After he had the thyroid romoved, he stopped drinking. Later he discovered he could drink occasionally. I don't suppose there is any way to tell if the surgery enabled him to drink again, but it seemed to have enabled him to stop. I just find it unfortunate that some people (including a couple of my family members) can't have a social drink.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I can't tell you how much I miss the days when I could go out for one beer with friends and have it be a social occasion, or have a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon. Unfortunately, those days are gone, but I do miss them.

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      Mike Thuo 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Billybuc,i tend to think you have a thoughtful, retrospective, deep and analytical approach towards life. I initially sought to critique your approach on life and why it sucks; on an afterthought, i think it was enlightening read..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I am glad you finished the hub to find out that I love life. :) thank you for taking the time to visit.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Such a great post and one that will bring hope back into many lives. My father used to jokingly say, "La vida, despues el poso." meaning: You live then you die (the grave). He believed life was worth living and your perspective made the difference.

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Great hub, Interesting that such a large number of people searched that topic, one wonders what they were expecting to find?

      Hopefully they find this hub.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      We are given the gift of life to live it! Everyone should "squeeze every ounce of life out of the time I have left" because we never know when this gift of life will be taken away. Live and love, you know that's my motto! Life doesn't suck, its all in how you live it. Give love, get love, and live a happy life.

      Voted up, useful, and so very interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I would have liked your father. Let's live, shall we?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ketage, I don't know what they were hoping to find, but I found it sad for some reason. I hope they were just curious and really didn't believe it.

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm preaching to the choir on this one with you....live and love....I love those three words. Thank you my dear friend and have a great day.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Wow! what an inspirational post. You never bore me with your ramble. lol. (positive in and positive out) You're right! Life is what you make of it. Thank you for the encouragement that you give us writers to live life and embrace it to the fullest. I hear Bev laughing and Lucy in the background. I agree that love is one of the most ingredients in life. If you don't love yourself, then you can't love others. Billy, see ya! luv ya. Lol. voted up!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      the most important ingredients in life correction

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, see ya, love you too! I know you understand this hub very well my friend. Keep spreading your smile to those who need it...it is an important gift that you give to others. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I figured it out, Doc. LOL

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderful, wonderful. I agree with you wholeheartedly. It takes work, commitment, effort but we can turn our life around. Life can be good. :)

      Amen and Amen.

      Theresa

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amen indeed, Theresa, and you are a living example of the message in this hub. Thank you for being who you are. I greatly appreciate you my friend.

      bill

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      I know that you are surely a sponsor, and reading your stuff makes me wish you were my sponsor. You are very inspiring and have so much to offer from your experiences. I wish you the best.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beth, that's a lovely thing to say; thank you! If you ever want to vent, or chat, drop me a line and I'll give you my email address. :)

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      Now you're headed towards *my addiction. lol

      I'd need a whole different sponsor for that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Naw, Beth, just one human being reaching out to another. Best wishes my friend and I hope you are enjoying your day.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Bill, I love the title of this hub. Revisiting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, you can revisit any old time you feel like it. You are always welcome in my neighborhood.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      thanks bill:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always welcome, Doc! Have a great evening.

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