Life brings with it experiences that enrich, gladden the heart, lead to maturity, promote wisdom and strengthen you for what is ahead. It is often harder than we could have ever dreamed and yet we seem to get through. The things that feel the worst at the time are usually the ones that lead to the best adventures, take us the furthest down those paths that build the character in us that we cherish later and eventually make the best stories. Sometimes you have the ability to choose these paths like Robert Frost says. Sometimes they are chosen for you against your will. But your attitude along the way is always in your hands.
As I look back, I see events I did not always like at the time they were happening, turn into, at the least, some very good stories. At best, building blocks in my life that have shaped who I am. I have put a few stories down here for your enjoyment. A better man might include the lesson learned. You will probably have to draw some of those conclusions for yourself.