Not long after I met my wife, we were on a date, exchanging stories and just getting to know each other. As the night was ending, she looked at me and said, “You have clearly mastered the art of suffering. But do you even have the first clue about being happy?” I was speechless (very unusual for me). At times, it feels like my whole life has been about battling one thing or another. Astacianna has taught me that I don’t have to fight all the time. I don’t always have to win or to be right. Many of these photos remind me of joy, but they aren’t all happy ones. My mother has Alzheimer’s Disease but I cherish the moments with her just the same. I want to keep living a full life with joy and tears and I want to keep traveling to uninhabited corners where I can add to the happiness I am still learning to feel.