I also derive a great deal of pleasure from horses and dogs... the ocean... and love.
Laugh at yourself - a lot. My mum taught me not to take myself too seriously.
We used to say poor people had lousy genes. Then we decided that wasn't OK, but we transferred the prejudice to upbringing. We said, 'You were neglected as a child, so you'll never make it.' That's just as pernicious.
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