This year I lost, won, failed, cried, laughed, loved, but didn't fold. - unknown
This year has been rough. I don't need to tell you that. However, for many, the struggle has only strengthened our resolve of life. I can't even count the amount of times I have failed and won within my own character.
I've gained a deeper understanding of love and surrender and have overcome long seated issues with anxiety.
I've learned that vulnerability feels less scary and more empowering than I ever thought possible.
I've cried as I've transitioned out of a life-imprisoning mindset, into a new level of love and freedom!
I've laughed at the things that used to trip me up and danced my way into a new perspective.
I've been angry, scared, unfriendly, insecure, judgmental, and lonely. But I've also been happy, courageous, kind, fiercely confident, empathetic; and, for the first time, best friends with me.
The thing about struggle is that it brings with it opportunity. Opportunity to rise above whatever is going on around you, or happening to you.
The struggle isn't there to take you down. The struggle is there to build you up, strengthen you, and give you powerful, deep resolve!
This year has changed many of our lives. Lives that were once comfortable and predictable. However, maybe this is an opportunity to discover inside of us what has always been there.
Maybe we can find hope that's hidden behind our fear. Maybe we can find love that's hidden behind our judgments. Maybe we can find peace that's hidden behind despair. Maybe we can find our truth that's hidden behind our assumptions.
If this year has taught me anything, it has taught me that I didn't fold.
Sending you all love and hugs today
Stay safe and stay strong! We'll make it through all of this together!