Stress. A six-lettered monster. Maybe even a six-lettered demon. It’s a word, an idea, a lifestyle. It conquers good, consumes dreams, abolishes hope. It’s such a small word, but its meaning knows no bounds. Why do we become slave to it? It haunts our days, torments our nights. It’s always at the back. Whispering to us. Letting us know it’s still there. Then it becomes a tumbling roar that shakes us to the core and pains our minds. But why, though? Why do we let stress become our unrelenting master? We know its vileness. Know of its powers. Know that it’s toxic to our soul. It keeps us from moving forward. Still. Why? Many don’t understand why. It loves to silently take over until we can’t deny it any longer. Then we realize we’re too deep. We choose to live with it. We choose to accept it. Why don’t we listen to the small voice telling us to break free?! We can break the chains! But that would be too hard. It is painful, no one denies that. But we can be free! All we have to do is choose! Everyday, choose. Say goodbye to the ravenous fiend. It means nothing. Make it leave you alone. Tell it it’s no longer your master. Speak you’re no longer its slave. Be free. Choose to live in the light. Choose to be happy. Be your own master. Choose.