There are so many challenges facing all of us. Balancing school, work, family, and taking care of yourself time. Health challenges, financial challenges, and ethical challenges. Parental challenges – either being one or dealing with one. Personal challenges – goals, personalities clashing or trying to make them not, your own head getting in the way. We all have them, and we all are trying to navigate them with courage, compassion, and grace. Sometimes it’s really hard though.

Here’s to all of you who are making it. Cheers!

To those who don’t feel like they can, I have some news for you – it’s not over until you say it is. I said it the other day,

It's not the end

You will make it through. Possibly a bit banged up, but you will be triumphant in the end. Otherwise it’s not the end. Keep going until you see the place where you think it’s over and then keep going after that. It’s all you can do. Whether you are in the middle of a crisis or not, time is going to pass. It’s not always easier, but it’s always more productive to try to work through it than it is to wallow in it. If the time is going to pass anyway, you might as well make it count. This time next month, next year, next week, you’ll be out the other end and things will look better. If you don’t struggle against it, next month, next week, next year will be more of the same. It’s hard, I know. I’ve been in dark places but I’ve come out the other side, and I can tell you, it’s way nicer over here. Get whatever kind of help you need – because we all need help somehow – and “Do not go quietly into that good night”. There are always choices. Always. You may not like some of them, and sometimes the only thing you can change is yourself, but there are always ways.

I’ve gone through rough times, and my family and I are going through some right now. I am lucky to have a supportive family and friends to help me through it. We all need help. Find some and use it. No one will think less of you for needing a hand during hard times. I know I’ve had friendships made stronger by it. We help each other and we grow closer.

I know, this is serious stuff and it doesn’t apply to everyone. I just know some people who are having a rough time of it and I want them to know that there’s a soft place to fall on the other side of their troubles.

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