Posts by Dawn Perez

Dawn Perez is a former music teacher turned blogger. Her family consists of her husband and two sons. She is passionate about the wonder of learning, sharing life with others, rock climbing, and picture books. You can find more from Dawn at wildsimplejoy.com. (For more about feeling like a burden, check out “I Feel Like a Burden”—4 Ways to Reframe Your Feelings Positively.)

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If You Think You Can’t Be Happy Until All Your Burdens Are Gone

“As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.”  ~Buddha

Our burdens come in many forms. They are our relationships, our responsibilities, and our pasts that haunt us from beneath our consciousness. They weigh us down and prevent us from experiencing life’s true joy.

Some people have to care for a sick family member most of their life. Some women give birth to stillborn babies. Some soldiers get their legs blown off while deployed.

My story is unextraordinary: I’m a white, middle-class woman. My life …