This post is dedicated to someone I work with. She is a wonderful person and I love and respect her dearly. She is a worrier. She worries about what if this and what if that. Just like I used to. Still do sometimes actually but I am much better. And it is so easy to understand because when you have walked in those shoes, you know. But we cannot walk this earth being afraid to live in it. The whole purpose for our existence here is to live, and learn through our experiences. And sometimes life is scary, and sometimes it hurts. Believe me. And we get scared. And we get hurt. And sometimes we even get devastated. But we have 2 choices. We can give up. Or we can get up and move forward. Sometimes we have a difficult time deciding which choice we will make. I know this too. And though sometimes it may seem that the only way out is to give up, if you give yourself one more chance, just a little more time, you will find that you will be able to get up and move. And each step you take after that will be a little easier, a little faster, a little lighter. And back to the subject of worry. Well, it wastes precious time. If you don't cross the street because you are afraid of what may be on the other side, you will never find that wonderful book store, or coffee shop, or new friend. If you don't reach out to the person you care about because you fear rejection, you may never discover a true love. If you don't get on that horse because you are afraid of falling, you will never know what it is like to fly. So allow yourself, your loved ones, your children, to venture out and experience life. Live it with passion and abandon. Life is short. Live it fearlessly. Do not be afraid to love. Love with all of your heart.