Thankfully, and much to my chagrin, I was caught in that lie about my crush passing me a note.
"But just like physical exercise is not always easy, regularly fighting for my mental wellness stretches my emotional and spiritual muscles. I have to use techniques and methods that force me to deal with my emotions in the moment when I am tempted to avoid, feed, or pacify them. Sometimes that is really hard but I have seen the fruit of my labor and it is good."
Love is in romantic songs and candlelit dinners, yes. But love is also in stricter gun control. Love is in comprehensive diversity and inclusion curriculum. Love is in increased access to mental healthcare for all.
"...you have to be willing to sacrifice and acquiesce, or challenge and debate — all with love, kindness, and authenticity — to hold onto those friendships with everything you have. Or let them go. But never allow bitterness to make its home in your heart and never stop fighting for the ones you love."