Born 15 June, 1985, I struggled through life with chronic long-term depression until recent years. I discovered the secret to happiness, and that is in order to be happy, you simply have to make the choice to be happy. Happiness is not a result, it is not a feeling or emotion, and it is not related in any way to success, possession, or accomplishment, it is, to be put simply, the conscious decision to think positively in any situation.
This is why I am so drawn to Criss Angel. Not only is he a highly accomplished entertainer, but he embodies the tenets that I hold paramount to everything else. "With hard work your dreams do come true," says Criss, and his actions are his proof. His dedication inspires me.
I continue to battle with depression, but it is no longer the struggle it was for most of my life. Criss battles with new, untried techniques. We all have our battles, but what separates the winners from the dead is the power to choose life over failure, and to recognize that every problem is nothing more than a solution waiting to happen.
Stay happy, stay healthy, but most importantly...