2016 ➡️ 2018
I know these pictures aren't even close to a fair comparison; not the same pose, not the same outfit/pants/top, not the same mirror...
But I took the first pic exactly 2 years ago today. It was my last upper body pump before I had to undergo my second wrist surgery.
I'm in a completely different place today than I was at this time 2 years ago.
2016: I had just gotten a divorce, I had just met G, I was figuring out how to live on my own, I had no personal responsibilities other than myself, I was going out, having fun, meeting new people... 2018: I'm a mom, G and I are working as a team and building together, I'm learning to live with his past and he's learning to live with mine, we stay home the majority of the time, unless we grab a drink or appetizers together... I compose myself in a completely different manner today than I did 2 years ago. I've grown mentally, physically, and emotionally. I've carried and delivered a child. I have greater responsibilities today. I live a greater purpose for a greater cause today.
Everyone has a story. Very few care to hear it, understand it, or even acknowledge it. They compare themselves to you without ever stepping foot in your shoes to try to relate. They see your posts, the smile on your face, and try to tear you down. Not to your face, maybe not even to someone else. But they judge you, scroll right past that picture you put up because you're genuinely happy, or in search of happiness, and decide that they're not happy for you. That's ok. You don't need them. Family. Friends. Strangers. Whomever. Surround yourself with that listening ear, that supportive friend, the understanding stranger, the nonjudgmental family member. That's your tribe. Stick with em!