Independence, Self-Worth and Happiness

by Steven John Horay

For Veronica, now fifty years old, the most dreadfully important thing in life was to display independence, self-worth and happiness. And to display this happiness not only before friends and work colleagues, not only in front of her husband and her grown-up children, but to strangers everywhere! So that when she walked down the street she bounced! She strode! When she went into shops she smiled, she glowed! But in actual fact, if she was being true to herself, she would have rather crawled around, tiny and unknown, like an insect.