In life, you will meet people who will be very eager to put you in a little box with a pretty bow and say, “there, that’s where you belong.” And when you peek your eyes out to see what’s happening, they will do everything in their power to slam the lid down on your head. And sometimes you might not realize you’re being put in the box until the lid comes down and it gets dark for a moment. But when that happens, you need to do every single thing in your power to rip the box apart at the seams, escape, and flourish out in the light and open air. You may need help doing this, and that’s a humbling experience. But once you’ve done it, you’ll emerge smart enough to know how to stay out of the boxes people wish to place you into, you’ll know the people who will be by your side when you need them, and you’ll witness and be empowered by your own mental and emotional strength. You will re-emerge smarter, stronger, tougher, and more aware. So don’t despair when things get tough (well, okay, despair a little bit because that’s only natural), it is just life’s way of identifying that you need to grow a little bit. So grab it, feel it, and grow.