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Finding humor when the struggle is real

“We all live in the same place, the mind,” says Mel Robbins. This is the reason why I feel so at home when I read letters, diaries, and memoirs. Reading about other people’s struggles, their hopes, their fears, and their achievements gives me hope, inspiration, and motivation to overcome my problems. Their experiences empower me. I feel braver. I become more resolute than ever. When I’m lucky, I learn not only how people face their struggles, but how they face their struggles with a sense of humor. A few months ago, I read Flannery O’Connor’s letters, and I learned how she kept a sense of humor throughout her life. Flannery is a 20th-century American writer who wrote novels, essays, and short stories. During the time span of these letters, Flannery has health issues to deal with, she’s stressed because she’s waiting to find out which publisher will publish her book, she’s receiving positive and negative feedback on her manuscript, and she worries about being tight on money. Even though you get this sense that the …