This is your reminder that sometimes the hardest moments of our lives shape us. That sometimes the deepest heartache changes us for the better. That the relationships we lose teach us what to value when the next person comes along. That the loved ones we watch go to heaven will give us lessons and blessings that shape the way we live from this moment on. That the unanswered prayers might be what we really needed. That every awful thing we experience makes us who we are.
2018 wasn’t my year. It was one of my most gruelling and challenging years, one that had more tears than most. But with all of the sadness and exhaustion it brought, it still impacted me in a way that most years have not. It gave me the understanding that things really can change overnight — that, no matter how hard a situation can seem, dark skies always, always, always, lead to sunrises.