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“Luck isn’t getting what you want. It’s surviving what you don’t want.”

— Charlie, Red Band Society

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“…And tonight I thank the stars, as I count my lucky scars…”

But Honestly, The Foo Fighters

A friend of mine posted this quote as a Facebook status, it immediately stuck me. The song and these lyrics have been with me for the past couple weeks and I can’t keep it cooped up in my head any longer.

How often do we take a step outside, breathe in the crisp, cool air (some places more crisp and cool than others), and simply thank the universe for another day, another hour, another moment? We can look up and lose sight of the light things around us and remind ourselves how small we are in the middle of this enormous place. Our scars remind us of not just what we have experienced, but what we have survived. And in that moment, we get lost in that incredible feeling.

We should not only be grateful for our time on earth but our own strength, our spirit, our unfailing efforts to live the life we are given.

So tonight (and every night I can), I will look up at the stars, fill my lungs with the incredible energy and light that surrounds me daily, as I remind myself once more that every experience is one for growth and even the biggest problems are only a blip, a hiccup. Fill the universe with your optimism as the universe fills you with exactly what you need… a hefty helping of hope and a reminder that you are here and have made it through it all.

Have a wonderful week, friends. Breathe it all in and remind yourself, you’ve earned your spot here.

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“Keep your dream alive. Dreaming is still how the strong survive.”

Oliver and Company

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“Living things have been doing just that for a long, long time. Through every kind of disaster and setback and catastrophe. We are survivors.”

— Robert Fulghum

Just because things may look bleak doesn’t mean you can’t survive this. Even the trees most devoid of leaves in the Winter can blossom and flourish in the Spring. Realize your seasons and wait for things to warm up.

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“My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.”

Bono

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