For all the things I have gone through- pain, struggle, self-doubt, loneliness, fear- I have been rewarded with faith, self-love, strength and inner joy that I would never trade for a moment less of the difficult journey that brought me here. Life does not suddenly get easy but if you are willing to endure the discomfort of growth then each time the load bears down you carry it with more ease and more grace. The goal is not for there never to be another struggle but that the struggle can be seen as an invitation, a battle from which you will emerge as more than who you were before. And when you get tired and think you can go no further, ask yourself, "Don't I want to be more than who I am right now? Don't I want to know what I'm made of?" and walk on into your stronger self.