Thank you to those who hurt me, breaking me wide open, so I can experience love more fully. Thank you rock bottom for grounding me so I can stand taller. Thank you rejection for guiding me to the right people and experiences. Thank you loneliness for giving me the capacity to appreciate connection and the desire to brave depth. Thank you sadness, pain, and depression for deepening the range in which I can experience joy, happiness, and fulfillment. Thank you to the lost years for prompting me to find myself and my passions.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
As I settle further into myself and my truth, open my heart more fully to others, and step more deeply into the work I’m here to do, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for everything I’ve been through in this little life of mine. Every. Single. Thing.
I wouldn’t be able to love so fully, deeply, and passionately had I not experienced the losses I’ve experienced. I wouldn’t be able to smile so big, laugh so hard, and feel so absolutely in love with life had I not been cut so deeply over the years. I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the business I’ve built and the work I get to do had I not struggled so hard to get things off the ground. Had I not failed miserably more times than I can count. I wouldn’t be so fully and completely myself—and so comfortable in who that is—had I not gotten so disconnected to begin with.
I don’t believe we have to struggle or suffer to experience the good. Not at all. I just know that all the struggles and challenges throughout my life are the reason I’m where I stand today. And I love where I am, who I am, what I’m doing, and who I’m surrounded by.
Sometimes we struggle.
Sometimes life is heartbreakingly hard.
It’s what we choose to do with it that matters. How we choose to write ourselves into the ending of those stories and what chapters we choose to step into next.