I miss the days when I still believed all you needed was a good attitude.

I miss the days when I still believed all you needed was a good attitude

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Before Adrian died, I was a relatively positive person. His death shattered my belief and confidence in the ultimate goodness of the world.

I miss the days when I still believed all you needed was a good attitude.

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