With a wounded soul and spirit, it’s not easy to understand the battle between true emotions vs fear of further loss/devastation. Vulnerability is an uncomfortable place for the emotionally wounded. It is a state of mind in an ongoing battle that must be overcome in order to persevere. Memories and love of my brother used to feel like the root or cause of the pain, but in reality, they serve as the weapons I will now wield in this battle. What once felt like my burden, I’ve rediscovered as my strength. My life force. The true test of perseverance is the hearts ability to heal from great loss. Jake, there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do to have you back. Bound by blood, bound by love. See you when I get there. Happy Birthday, Jake.