The greatest gift you could ever give to someone is an opportunity to smile. For the past couple of years, my life has been a whirlwind of ups and downs (more downs than I would have liked). I have always felt like I was in a daze - lost in a series of what ifs and what could have been. I pushed away the good in my life and compromised my happiness for the sake of what I thought was going to make me happy. In the end, it left me brittled with self-defeat and anguish.
But life will never be full of unfortunate events.
Immediately after a wave of diminishing self-confidence and constant emotional abuse, I found myself enveloped with so much love and support from friends all over the world. One in particular became my best friend and eventually over the course of a couple months, my better half. Seeing my sadness, he sent me on a trip to his current hometown and shared with me a part of his world that I never really got to see. My self-confidence started to bloom and my vision became clearer.
I no longer cry over the things that I had lost because they were all life lessons - no matter how big of a loss it was to me. I now look forward to what can be and what I know will be. So thank you for being that push that I needed and for giving me all that you had to give me all the reasons to smile. You are the best.
I also shot a mini montage of my trip to The Field Museum as well as small clips of our trip leaving downtown Chicago. I hope you enjoy!