I had to learn how to smile on my own. My past permits many reasons to not smile, but at the same time I do have many reasons to do so as well. I do not want to show the world my pain so I show them how I smile. I am not lying to others with my false smile. I am only lying to myself because I have to. Pretending is an art that's second nature with me. I must portray happiness in order to be successful. Beyond necessity, there really is so much to smile about.