Strength. The strange thing about strength is it doesn't come from winning. Your hardships determine strength. The struggles you go through but refuse to surrender to, that defines strength. I'm starting to figure out that strength is most identified during those huge events--but really every day there are little tests that build it. It tests our friendships, it tests our character, it tests our limits.
The bottom line for me lately is to not let someones opinions consume you. If someone can't take away your sadness for you, they shouldn't have the ability to steal your happiness. It's not a perfect equation for me either, but I'm working on it. I just have this theory that if I feel good about my choices at the end of the day, the people who are meant to be in my life will stay, and the ones that aren't supposed to be will go. Either way, I give good hugs, I am looking for adventures, and I will challenge you, I will warm you if you let me.