So, here I am on the verge of my second year at UGA. I find myself wondering quite often, especially in the wee hours of the night, why life hasn’t gotten any easier for me yet. I flew through freshman year. It wasn’t easy, but it didn’t kill me either. I’m more experienced. Older. Much more mature. I have seen things. Yet and still, there are always new ways for life to become difficult. One day, as I tangled with an especially convoluted issue, I had an epiphany. Life is NEVER going to get easier. The load we all carry on our shoulders is NEVER going to get lighter. What, then, separates the successful people from the unsuccessful? The successful grow stronger. That is our only hope, our only chance. As life grows, so must we. We must become stronger every day, capable of meeting life head-on. Sometimes, we may lose. Just like our bodies’ muscles, though, when we are torn, we must grow back bigger and stronger. Do not let the difficulties of life wear you down to nothing. Face life and it’s hardships with a smile on your face and your eyes wide open. You’ll be surprised how much you have grown when you look back a year from now.