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Happier, Later. A Chestism.

12 comments | June 27th, 2012

(submitted anonymously, by a Chestist)

One of you wrote us with this.  It's so simple, true and important to remember:

Sometimes you have to do something that hurts now to be happy later. {end story}
 

When have you had to do something that hurt now to be happier later?  Remember, if you share your story you can help change hers.

12 comments

  • Rainy Day

    Posted on February 27, 2012

    Lately, pretty much all my life feels like I’m doing something that hurts now. I keep waiting for later.

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    • abbie

      Posted on February 27, 2012

      Ditto, but maybe (cliche I know) you get out of life what you put into it and those of us who go through more will end up becoming more. I believe that you are, to some extent, a product of your experiences. Who you are is how you handle hardship. You’re gonna get through this but for now, be grateful for yourself for not being a quitter. Much love and luck to you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on February 27, 2012

    Sometimes, I hate it when cliches ring true. This does for me. So hard.

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  • Sam

    Posted on February 27, 2012

    I’d been dating him for 2 years and living with him for 1+. He was wonderful. Smart, funny, successful. I loved him. Then I realized I wasn’t in love with him. I spent a lot of time thinking about how lucky I was to have as much with him as I did, and when thoughts of ending it would come to mind I thought i Was crazy. So did my BFF.

    But they kept coming to mind, and I cam e to realize that as amazing as he was (he still is), he wasn’t who I wanted to marry and spend the rest of my life with. realizing that love wasn’t enough, I did one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and ended it. I think we were both shocked and those first weeks were so hard. It would have been so easy to go back but I never did.

    i knew that as hard as it was I had done the right thing. A year later, I met the man who I’d marry. 5 years and 2 kids later, I look back on that breakup as the hardest and best thing I could have done.

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  • The Boss

    Posted on February 27, 2012

    I had to fire someone. It was so hard. She was decent at her job, but just did not know where the boundaries were. Co-workers complained. I knew it would be best for everyone, including the person I had to fire, to let her go, but I felt awful, She was pretty upset, but it wasn’t as bad as I imagined it would be. Phew…

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  • LD

    Posted on February 27, 2012

    I had to tell my BFF that her BF was cheating on her.
    It was terrible.
    At first she didn’t believe me and got really angry at me.
    Later she thanked me.

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  • StephLove

    Posted on June 27, 2012

    Is childbirth too literal an answer?

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  • Tricia

    Posted on June 27, 2012

    I had to tell my BFF that she was drinking too much. I said I couldn’t be around her when she got so out of control. It was no fun for me. She was so angry. It was terrible. She told me it was me who had the problem, and that I was super uptight. She is still not really talking to me. :(

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  • MB

    Posted on June 27, 2012

    This is sort of different, but I had to put my dog to sleep. It was THE right decision, but really the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
    He was such an awesome dog. I miss him so much.

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  • Celeste

    Posted on July 10, 2012

    Divorcing my ex-husband was something I contemplated long before I had the guts to even tell him I was unhappy. I counted the cost over and over; not just the financials, but in relationships with his family, with my family, with my children.

    When I told him I was unhappy, rather than saying what I expected (“Really? Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.”), he went off his rocker. It made it much easier to follow through. I do miss his family. Everything else turned out ok, it just took time to come out on the other side.

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