I like that feeling when you're waste deep into a difficult phase in life and you can look back and say "I didn't know I was capable of this". I know this feeling all too well. It's too bad that we have to experience hardship in order to come to a full realization of how strong we can be. I have a friend who is going through a tough time and had an "I didn't know I was capable of this" realization. This is the same friend who once asked me if having cancer is the worst thing that ever happened to me. Strange question, really. It's tough, and there's a lot of negativity around fighting for my life against terminal illness. But somehow in the midst of it all, dealing with this has been the best thing to ever happen to me. In more ways then one. My reality is simply alive with examples of how this has grown me and changed me into something I could never have hoped to become any other way.

I read a quote once that said "you don't know how strong you are until strength is your only option". This is so dang true.