I realized something today.

I was in my music education interview when I was asked a question that brought up awful memories. I fought back tears as I answered, but afterwards, I continued smiling. Not a fake smile, but that huge genuine smile that people compliment me on all the time. That’s when it hit me. This happened to me, but this is not me. It does not define me. It’s not who I am. That smile - that blissful, wonderful smile - is who I am. This did not break me. There is so much more in my life to look forward to. Praise God for healing and happiness…things I never thought I’d feel again.