Edmond: Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you: as Albert Mondego, the man!

The Count of Monte Cristo

In life there are always those times, those moments in which you wish you did not have to live through. The pain, the suffering, the unending struggle to keep moving, to keep breathing. Not every day can be filled with sunshine and roses, for there is much suffering in the world.

Many days and nights will be filled with hardship – a fight almost to the death in order to survive. This is where you will find yourself. In the moments of near defeat, the last breath before completely giving up – this is where you must pull from your strength.

Others will cast you down as hopeless, unworthy – an easy stepping stone to push you further down when you are at your worst. Yet, know that it is up to you to stand again. It is you and only you that can make the decision to get back up and fight to see another day. It is not up to those that ridicule and corrupt the path in life – only you can make the decisions that will shape your own life. Only you have the voice to say “Do your worst, for I will do mine!”

Only you can conquer yourself, only you can keep yourself low or build yourself up. Others matter not, for they have no power over you. It is you that must prevail over your own self-doubt, self-loathing, and insecurities. To fall is not the end, it is merely the beginning to something far greater than the standstill in which you face.

Life is a storm that shall try to destroy you upon the rocks – now the question is – will you let it?

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