I was reading somewhere on the internets (not linked to protect the innocent) where someone wrote that they were surprised to find out recently how happy some former mormon friends of theirs are. They were a little shocked (and embarassed of themselves) for realizing that former mormons’ lives aren’t that bad.
Surprisingly, for many former mormons, we’re actually not all that jaded, dark and morose. (For the record, I was repeatedly told growing up that former mormons were dark and hopeless. I’m sure it’s a little like chanson being told that if she weren’t mormon, she’d be an atheist).
While there are many things that I struggle with, I would have to say, my life is really pretty good.
And not only that, I have so many people in my life (or that I’ve known over the years) that I sincerely wish every happiness. Mormon and non mormon. American, Canadian and non American. Republican and Democrat. Friend and Relative. There may be people I disagree with, sometimes disagree with strongly. There may be people whom I’ve lost touch with. The path has not always been smooth. Maybe we’ve grown apart, maybe the relationship wasn’t healthy.
But with so many of those, I simply hope they have found what they’re looking for – or that they are on their way.
I do, actually, know quite a few former mormons/LDS who are really happy with their lives. At least they seem to be. I also know quite a few mormons/LDS who also seem pretty happy.
So this season, I’d like to wish everyone well. Bad stuff will happen, as it always does. Challenges, death, divorce, unemployment, illness, addiction, incarceration, natural disasters, war, etc. Until that time – here’s to making the most of what we do have.