A Chapter by Kathryn Smith

H a p p i n e s s   is just around the corner from you....
The summer I returned from Ireland was a long summer. 

I was a miserable 24 year old girl. 

They say that depressed people sleep more. 

I can tell you it is 100 percent true. 

It is how you get away from the knawing pain. 

I remember feeling like I was physically breaking inside. 

The light in my eyes was gone. 

The bounce in my happy go lucky step had ceased. 

A shell of a girl is what I was. 

My parents thought I was missing Ireland, so I was encouraged to go to Irish Fest in Milwaukee with them. 

I reluctantly agreed to come along. 

On that afternoon, my mom texted me to meet her for lunch at a certain food stand. 

In the August heat, as I navigated through the endless crowd, I walked past a stage. Musicians were playing a song that made me freeze  and stop in my tracks.  

They were singing about Happiness. Something I was terrified I had lost. 

I had longed so deeply to be happy again; but nothing seemed to work. 

Inching my way to the stage, I felt the light in my eyes slowly return. 

The depression began to shed. 

It was the day I discovered the music group We Banjo 3. 
A band I would eventually become a crew member of. 

© 2020 Kathryn Smith

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I recall this every step of the way from the moment you shared these two stories and impacting layers in your life.

My deepest, most heartfelt respect and admiration to You for sharing this combined collaboration of pain, disappointment, and sorrow, and the most inspiring symbol of bravery and dedication … both, instrumental in reaching those places inside you that taught you valuable lessons you could have learnt in no other ways.

I love this, Kathryn, in every way a true 'n meaningful tale should be! ⁓ Richard 🍃

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