I have been working on being the me that I want to be.  I want to be a badass.  I am learning what that truly means to me.  One thing I thought about was being able to help others, and the different ways  that I can do that. One of my close friends was extremely vulnerable with me yesterday.  I simply listened and talked to him about other options that he could take and I could instantly see a closer connection and more hope for him.

I am constantly surprised by how much of a difference I make when I listen, and when I am vulnerable.  That is one of the main reasons that I put my journal posts on my blog. I want people to look at me and know the reality of how difficult life can be even when you think someone has it easy. I am not trying to say that I have the toughest life. It is my life, and it has the difficulties that it has. I know how incredibly lucky I am. That is why I focus on gratitude every day. Just because I am lucky, doesn’t mean that it still can’t be hard.  That is not a complaint, it is a reminder that all of the people who I think of as lucky, or having it easy, or having more advantages than me; it doesn’t mean that it still can’t be hard.

Treat everyone as though they are fighting a battle you don’t even know about. Love everyone.

I am grateful for random encounters.

I am grateful for vulnerability.

I am grateful for hugs.

I am grateful for Nora being outgoing.

I am grateful for Hailey being fearless.

I am grateful for Amber.

I am grateful for more opportunities.

I am grateful for honesty.

I am grateful for persistence.

I am grateful for a shared bond.

I love my life! Thank you!

~Ryan Lynch