"While we're being cynical, let me add here that yes, I am well aware that there is far worse suffering than this. And yes, 'tis true that I grew up in tennis whites at a fancy-ass Chicago country club, went to a New England prep school, and was a debutante, for that matter. But I'm here to tell you that those things don't make it any easier to be happy. Not happy in the way I mean happy. Not free. In fact, those things can make it easier to pretend that you're happy. There's suffering in pretending. Suffering is a relative term, and is only as important as it ultimately pertains to you--that is, if we want to change the world. And I do. But before we can do that, we have to start with what we can control and be responsible for, and that's good ol' number one."
This is Not the Story You Think it Is...
A Season of Unlikely Happiness