In 2013 my father fell seriously ill, as his life changed so did our relationship. As I watched his life slip away, I began to re-examine my own life. That’s when I decided to chronicle my journey through this period of change. The traps that I fell into while trying to live up to the ideals he had passed on to me. Feeling lost, I tried to buy happiness, only to find that I was caught up in a cycle of spending, debt, and deeper unhappiness. I was spiraling downward into an emotional abyss. Then, after years of riding this “unhappiness cycle” I realized that I had to reinvent myself. So I adopted a way of life that brought me peace and contentment and a way out of the unhappiness cycle. Only then did I realize who I was and who I wanted to be.