The old saying, “persistence pays off” is truly a way of life! I find that the spirit of determination will carry me far, and, honestly, if I did not have the will to press on, I would have been a goner long ago. I find joy is seeing that the things against me do not overthrow me. My life is what I make of it, and the cycle of highs and lows are helping me in the long run. To be honest, my depression still attempts to knock me down, but my drive to overcome helps me to have a better quality of life – even though some days I am not my best. After getting a taste of depression free days, I am grateful for the determination to keep striving for the better life.