It’s really interesting, finding yourself in a place that’s a lot healthier emotionally than two and a half years ago, having guarded yourself from further hurt, only to let time bring down those walls, so that when old friends approach you, it’s more of a pleasant surprise and a relief instead of a source of anxiety, and so that when new friends approach you, it’s easier and faster letting them in.

Some of the hardest, most painful experiences of my life have also been the biggest, most beautiful blessings of my life.

Such is … life.