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“Some days you just need a good ol’ fashion pity party. A few minutes to feel sad, mad and down right bad about your situation. To call your mom, sister or best friend and whine about it. Or cry about it. Or both. Then pour yourself a glass of wine.

Because, let’s face it, deployment and everything that goes with it, stinks.

So go ahead, kick and scream. Be mad at the world. Question. Curse. Eat some ice cream. Have some cake. Toast to things never going easily.

But don’t allow yourself too much. Get it out and get on with it. Don’t get stuck feeling sorry for yourself. We all knew what we were getting into. We all knew it would be hard (maybe not THIS hard). So have your party then clean up. Sweep up the confetti and pop the balloons. Show your guests to the door.

Deployments are not easy. Just like life is not easy. There are going to be bad days and good ones. Worse days and even better ones. So don’t give up, don’t give in! It will be worth it. My friend, if you’re anything like me you need to hear that again tonight. It will be worth it. All of this. Everything you’re going through. The ups and downs. The trials and tribulations.

Keep loving those kids even when they seem unlovable. Keep writing those emails even when you get none in return. Keep doing the hard stuff. Press on. Even when things don’t go your way. No, especially when things don’t go your way. When everything falls apart.

It will get harder and steeper. When you can barely put one foot in front of the other. When your legs and lungs are burning from climbing the mountain of deployment. But you will come to the summit and look down from where you came and you will see what you’ve overcome and it will be one of the best views you have ever seen.

That day you will be able to say it was worth it. Not today. Not tomorrow. But one day soon.”

1399437981479“don’t just survive, thrive” -Alana Dawnson

This blog was written by Alana Dawson, and reposted with her permission. Mahalo Alana! Your words are an inspiration, we hope your words find those that need them most! We encourage you all to follow Alana’s blog GetAnchored In, her motto “don’t just survive, thrive” says it all! –Kapolea, 6/11/14

When You’re Ready To Give Up

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