I have decided to make 2009 a great year. I am going to be as positive as I can, no matter the situation with which I am faced. Christians I know seem to think atheists are depressed and negative, with the absence of the divine. I think I should do my part to show christians that atheists are more often than not, happy about life, freindly, loving, considerate etc. Not to mention, i know some christians who are unfriendly, negative about everything, and overall depressing. Hopefully people will notice my overal happy, comfortable, upbeat disposition, and when they learn I'm atheist, maybe they wont be as judgemental. I really believe life is only as good as you make it, and only as bad as you let it get. I will have bad days, sure. Loved ones will die, i will get hurt and/or sick, i will have money problems, i will have arguments, traffic tickets, etc, thats all a part of life. No life is all happy, so its all about making the best of your own situation. I think i have that advantage as an atheist, over my religious family and friends. I dont NEED to pray to and depend on a higher power, and hope he fixes my problems. I can do it myself! It's pretty empowering to know that I am not only responsible, but also totally capable of ensuring my own happiness and success.