A Long Winter

I tried so hard to write a “Happy New Year” post. You know the one… about how wonderful 2012 was and how 2013 is going to be even better. Don’t get me wrong. 2012 was amazing for a lot of reasons. But, if I’m being honest, some not so great things happened too. All around me, people are hurting. I’m hurting for them! Divorce, miscarriage, infertility, sudden and unexpected death, horrible diseases… sometimes life is so unfair. Sometimes it’s just plain painful.

So one day around Christmas, my family took a hike. I sort of thought my dad was joking when he said it would take all day. And that it was 10 miles. And I kind of laughed as I watched my mom pack sandwiches. At about 20 minutes in, I realized it wasn’t a joke. It would indeed take all day. I’m not going to lie… it was hard. And cold. And I was sore for a week. But we did it! And I’m so glad.

So here’s to us. All of us. Everyone out there who’s still fighting. Refusing to give in to the status quo and the norm, whatever that looks like for you. Who’s going to do whatever it takes, because failing or quitting just isn’t an option. Welcome to beast mode, y’all.

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