There are so many things in this world that scare me. Right now I am scared of the world we are living in. I am scared for a friend that received bad news. I am scared for what the future holds. But as scared as I am, I have faith. I have faith that it will be okay.

It will be okay. I have said that a lot these past couple months. From pandemics and quarantine, peaceful protests to riots, health scares, and even more, I know in my heart of hearts that it will be okay. I believe there are good people in this world. I believe in being kind and doing unto others as you would have done unto you. I believe in science and good doctors and nurses. I believe in having a strong support system. I believe everything happens for a reason (even when we don’t know what that reason is). I believe in God and the power of prayer. Maybe it is my faith that gives me this peace that it will be okay. Maybe I’m just a little crazy and a lot weird to be optimistic during this insane year known as 2020. Whatever it is and sometimes it is all of the above, I know it will be okay.

In fights and times of struggle, I believe people come back stronger than they were before. The struggles are what strengthens us. The battles and adversity cause us to dig deep down inside ourselves and find the strength we never knew we had. It’s truly amazing how strong you are when you have to be (so cliché, but so true).

Don’t give up. Tell your struggle it will not get the best of you. Stand up to what scares you. Let light expel the darkness. Be strong. Have faith. Lean on your people when you need them; talk to them. Trust it will all be okay.

There is joy each day, even on the days we struggle, even on the days you have to look a little harder. It may be something as simple as seeing a firefly, getting a call from a friend when you need it most, or a surprise treat of cupcakes from your favorite bakery. Then it is all okay.

XOXO, Jane Anne

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