I want to tell you a little bit about me. I am a thirty-year-old young woman. My favorite movie is Little Women. I love to watch movies, especially those by John Hughes. In my free time, I listen to a lot of music. I am a paranoid schizophrenic, and have been struggling with this illness for almost ten years. Recently I went through surgery, for thyroid cancer. It was a terrible experience, but I made it out of the hospital in one piece. I am in recovery now. In the future, I hope to fulfill my dreams, which I have yet to discover. I want to focus on my strengths and do something with my life that will help other people. I am a member of Fountain House, which is a clubhouse for the mentally ill in New York, New York. All the members are disabled. I must be compassionate as a Buddhist, and try not to let people hurt my feelings. No place is perfect. It is difficult wherever I go. As a native Californian, I find it hard to adjust to living in overcrowded New York. I wish more people would be gentle and I wish that we could rest in peace and quiet at night. I guess I’m a writer for the rest of my life, and a musician also. I want to learn the guitar. It’s a beautiful instrument and makes beautiful sounds. It is also my goal to enjoy life, because of impermanence. For now, I am alive and must make the most of life. We all should be in the moment, and feel. I hope that those reading this will be well and have a great life. Take it easy.