Photo courtesy of Adrian Brannan.……

Dear Cowgirl,

I hate to break it to you, but it doesn’t actually get easier.

Doors will not magically open for you, and people will not try to hand you success on a silver platter.

The lost love will not come running back, and the mistakes will not erase themselves.

It doesn’t actually get easier.

But you get stronger.

You will grow the strength to keep going.

You will build the fortitude to continue on.

You will give yourself the tools to protect your heart, defend what is threatened and create the path you want to walk, rather than ask for it to be given.