When I became a cop, a government official said to my class, "You have a front row seat to the show of life!" I truly see the ass-end of people's F'd up lives from the idiotic to the tragic.
Every day I count my blessings and thank God for each & every one of them. Lord knows I'm not satisfied with where I am, but I sure am grateful that I am not where I was, could have been, or where my haters expect me to be.
Here's a new twist on reality: You have to FAIL your way to success. This doesn't mean you get to constantly screw up then expect the best, NO. It means you put forth your best work and IF you fail along the way, take the lessons learned and move on to the next step on your journey.
In the words of Michael Jordan: "I have failed over and over and over again in my life ... And this is why ... I SUCCEED."