It’s interesting that the things we cherish the most are the same things we walk by. They become so intertwined in the status quo that ultimately it becomes impossible to tell them apart from our day to day. That is, impossible until things change. Because as it turns out, that thing we call life, it has a say.
There’s a saying: You never really know what you have until it’s gone. Sometimes it takes the most abrasive of reminders, the harshest of times, to help us recapture that perspective, to lift us up and show us what we had previously failed to see.
And while our darkest moments test our strength, they push our boundaries, even transform our reality, they can also be the bridge that leads us exactly where we need to be. They remind us that sometimes it is not about how we spend our time, but who we spend it with.
That quiet brings clarity and the world can spin so fast that we forget to think about our place within it. It reminds us how humanity is bigger than the sum of its parts and it takes just as much energy to build up as it does to tear down.
It reminds us that no matter where we live, what we speak, or who we pray to, we are not so different after all. It reminds us that there is so much more good in this world than evil, so much more love than hate, and so much promise for tomorrow.
Some day we will look back on this moment with the lessons we’ve learned, the hardships we’ve faced , and we will be reminded of the miracle that is the human spirit, unwavering in its resolve, unbreakable at its foundation, stronger than we could ever comprehend.
See, sometimes it’s hard to look around and find a reason to be optimistic, to understand or comprehend “why”, but what we’ll find is that if we look hard enough, immersed in the uncertainty, the disruption and in some cases the tragedy, there’s something to be gained. A tiny candle flickering in the night that will eventually grow to light our way, because the road to tomorrow is paved with hope.
There are pages unwritten, stories untold, and a new chapter to begin.