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Monday, February 10, 2014

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The Winter Olympics are officially under way, (go USA!) and my favorite winter game has always been figure skating.

Something about it is so fascinating to me. The strength it takes a skater to move their body in the ways they do is incredible. And the movements are beautiful.

Sometimes a routine can be nearly perfect, never missing a beat. But things happen. Landings are missed. Falls are taken. What's amazing to me is that even when a skater messes up, they hardly ever let it phase them. At least not on the outside. I'm sure they have to be freaking out, but they don't show it. No, they get right back up and continue the routine, as if nothing happened. 

I think life is like that sometimes. We can do everything right. Life can be going great.

But life also gets messy, sometimes without warning. Everything can change in an instant. 

And sometimes, we take falls and miss landings too. Maybe not literally, but it sure feels that way. Life is not always perfectly peachy. In fact, it's hardly ever that! With age has come the realization that things are not like a '50s sitcom. As much as we would love for every problem to be solved in a matter of 23 minutes, that's just not the way it works.

It can take a really long time for things to be fixed, and some things never quite can be. But you know what? It's okay.

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God doesn't do things just because. Every single thing that happens in your life is significant. Important. All the heartbreaking and seemingly unbearable things come with a chance to make you stronger, as do the amazing things. Take advantage of it. Don't give up.

We will stumble and we will fall. And I don't know about you, but I hope to eventually become like those amazing figure skaters, able to get back up when they do take that fall.

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