A painful past doesn't have to define you, but you can let it refine you. You can cut your ties and set yourself free from it, or it can strengthen who you are today. It's your choice to bury it in a field and walk away lighter, or stand on it as your platform to shout to the world about your story. The person who walked out on you, the people who rejected you, the moment that changed everything, the dull days that felt like they'd never end, the judgment from others, the lack of faith in your ability to become something sucsessful, the abuse, the neglect, the lack of hope in your soul. It can be the bricks to your kingdom. The story of the person who rose above the hurt and didn't become bitter, but better. Your past may not be fair, but it is what happened. And all things that are broken can come together for good. Believe, have hope, never back down from what you desire. All of our stories are different, but we all have our own to tell. And we can all benefit from and relate to a story of struggle and triumph.