We like it when we know the answers

When we know what is coming next

When we do not have to wonder

It is easy to be surrounded by those who know us

We can stand confidently in that moment

Being seen and held

And loved for who we are

But the moments where we are not sure what is coming next

The times when we are surrounded by strangers

Showing up because we know we have to be there

But we are not sure what to do

Those are the times that challenge us

They test our strength and our courage

They force us to move outside our box

They are not easy

They are uncomfortable

And push us to look deep within

To know who we are

And stand firmly on those two legs

Even amidst adversity

It is in those awkward moments

That we learn

About the world

And those surrounding us

It is in those moments

That we see who we are

Deep down inside

And we can be proud of that person

It takes effort

To be in that place

To soak up what is happening

Outside of ourselves

And deep within

But once we move past the difficult feelings

We can just be

Where we are

Exactly as we are

A little bit stronger than we were before