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Slightly Jaded, But Cautiously Hopeful

Sometimes life knocks you down.


And it's times like these when it's difficult to find the rainbow after the rain or the silver lining in the clouds.

You look around and see happy people everywhere going about their business, without any regard to the fact that your life has just caved in.

It's enough to make you jaded or even cynical.

I've been there.

More than once.

It's heartbreaking and soul-crushing.

I will always validate the seasons of life that are beyond what we feel we can manage.

But, life is ever-changing.

People can and do heal.

Circumstances can and do change.

New ideas can and do form.

Doors can and do open - even when it feels long, arduous, and impossible.

This is not to say that things will always turn out how we want them to or to disregard the pain and effort that goes into the process or to minimize real and lasting heartbreak, it's just to help me remember that life can get better.

Because if I don't have hope, then what do I have?

I don't want to live my life in a state of total apathy or pessimism.

Some people would say that acceptance is the better virtue to land on here, and I get it.

Accepting the reality of what actually IS has been important for me.

But I still have to wake up and function in a way that feels meaningful to me, so I choose to still have hope.

I continue to cultivate the mindset that there is some good in the world, even when it's difficult to see.

I have to live and breathe in this messy, beautiful world and I want to make the most of it.

So, here's to hope.

Even if it's the cautious kind.

Lots of love,



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