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REFLECTION FROM JANUARY 18TH, 2009**

RE:  WHY RESILIENCE, CULTIVATED, & MENTAL-HEALTH SUPPORT NETWORKS ARE KEY IN MENTAL-HEALTH RECOVERY.

WRITTEN 1/18/2009 @ AGE 27

Studying is driving me insane.  I’m losing patience and I’m only through two weeks of my review course.  And I’m behind.  Thankfully the course gives us tomorrow off for the holiday (MLK Jr. day I think) so I’ll have time to catch myself up.  It’s just going to be a real challenge, this bar exam.  I’m not so sure I’ve ever had a more difficult challenge in my entire life, except that I know I have, both during college and during law school.  It’s just that I feel hung over today, even though I did no drinking whatsoever this weekend.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

I don’t really have a whole lot more to say today, except that I babysat my baby nephew Aiden yesterday and did the whole play/dinner/play/bath/bedtime routine and was very proud of myself.  And through the course of it all, Aiden came up to me, grabbed my head and gave me a kiss like three or four times and my heart completely melted and I forgot why I put up with any of this unnatural weed-smoking and these a@#hole-guy-dating kinds of things.  He’s just so pure, he makes me want to be pure just the same.

And then Christopher and Aaliyah got home and we talked for an hour or two and I couldn’t get over the fact that Aaliyah is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen, both inside and out.  My own beauty perils in existence next to hers – she’s just so one-of-a-kind and I feel so lucky to have her as my sister-in-law.  And I feel so lucky to have Christopher as my brother.  I just love that whole little family more than words can say, and I feel so lucky to have them in my life, and to have them by my side and supporting me.

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