Tonight I had a great conversation with a friend and I realized how and why I have become so strong of a person.

Most people at my age may have suffered from a broken-heart, a family tragedy, etc. However, I feel as though most people that I am around have not faced true pain. I say that lightly because I don’t know everyone’s story and certainly don’t know enough about plenty of people to judge.

I have been faced with situations in which I only had the choice to suck it up and be strong. I have felt real pain, I know true misery and I know what it takes to get up and say I am not defeated.

You never know how strong you are until you are pushed into a corner. It will change your life and it will change what you do, who you are.

Today I am smiling for the strength I have found within myself 🙂