“I’m stronger because I had to be, I’m smarter because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I learned.” -Curiano
It’s ok to be like a glow stick, because sometimes you have to break before you can shine!
From there you can start your comeback. You stop asking why certain doors have been closed, because at that point you are to busy being grateful for the doors that are about to open.
That one day it just clicks, you realize what’s important and what’s not. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize how far you’ve come- and the places you have ahead. You remember times when you thought things where messy and feared that you could never recover. And you smile. You smile because you are proud of yourself and the person you’ve fought to become. There are some things you can only learn in a storm, and in order to be the best- you learn to handle the worst. You can do it! You can make it happen.
* Pictured above, a squirrel in the early morning hours at the fire pit in Carmel Valley, getting some of the leftover s’mores crackers. Squirrels are a Native American symbol of preparation, trust and thriftiness. Have you seen a squirrel trying to get food from a bird feeder or else? If so, you’ve seen their smart behavior in making it happen. Then they bury their nuts in the ground, a behavior that is called caching. They do find and eat most of their nuts and seeds, but the ones that are not recovered sprout in the spring and grown into plants and trees, thus they assist in forest renewal. And they are obviously adorable. The German word for squirrel is Eichhörnchen– Stop already with the cuteness!