Keep the glass half full.

Everyone has a choice. They can sit down, look and their lives, and think of how much better things could be, or they can realize how much worse things could be.

I am 22 years old. I officially, as of Friday, have my first full-time job. I have a roof over my head, a car to drive and enough money for groceries.

I love the town I live in. I love that it just held the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival

Every town needs events like these. Click for more details.

Every town needs events like these. Click for more details.

downtown. I love that I know who my neighbors are, and that they share food from their gardens and bake us pies. I love that the entire community works together to preserve important things–like the drive-in theater that may be doomed as of tomorrow.

My family, though far away, is always there for me.

I have good friends, some here, and some within just an hour, who support me. I have a pet for companionship, and another one that isn’t even mine to hang out with everyday.

I love my job, and the people I work with. I love how fulfilling it is to write something and know that all of the newspaper’s subscribers saw it.

Most importantly, I am happy.

Keep your chin up. Things could be worse.

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