Me and my niece...she is taller than me now! And last week I tried to influence her with my life lessons. She is a sophomore and I will blink my eyes and she will be in college. Her future is bright. But you know what, I told her things and her face just said it all: yeah, Aunt Cathy...I realized she is just going to have to live it, make her own decisions and never look at things that don’t go the way you planned as a failure. Look at it as a learning and move on. Our life is full of decisions and we can easily get paralyzed and worried about making the “right” decision but the truth is that we aren’t perfect and we are designed to fall. The beauty is in the gray. Sometimes I hate the gray, but that’s where breakthrough happens. That’s where you grow. That’s how you become a better version of yourself, when you rise from the ashes. I have had plenty of falls and I know more dark places will come in my life. Every time I do, I just pray for strength and hold on tight to those I love and my friends, family and faith form my safety net. And then I make it through. The light shows up, and I feel renewed and full of gratitude. I am part of this girl’s safety net too. I have her back and I will catch her.