Why Am I So Happy?

Why am I so happy? I have been asked these words as long as I can remember.

It may have been when I was caught with a big smile on my face, sharing a kind word with someone, or dancing to a song that I heard playing around me. I have had these reactions often without thinking about why I was filled with joy. This does not mean there haven’t been times in my life that I had to choose to smile and recognize the joy in my life. In my life I have seen tragedy and experienced sadness just like every other person in the world. I have faced challenges from the day I came into the world. I was born premature and had to fight for my life the day I was born. Thanks to my dad’s courage and determination and the wonderful doctors and nurses that performed emergency surgery on me, I am here today.