It’s only when you lose someone that you’ll realize how strong you can be.
You’ll learn how to cry so silently you wonder if it qualifies as crying at all. You’ll realize that you can survive on two hours of sleep every night for a week. You’ll stand there, back straight, talking to people, and be pretending that they don’t see how your body is trembling from the weight on your shoulders. We learn to call it strength, and we aspire to attain it. But we forget that strength is thrust upon you; we forget exactly how difficult it is to grasp, and we forget just how easy it is to lose yourself to it.
— Alexandra Hadley