Thomas Jefferson declared that “the boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” I have written a countless number of times about why this is true, but it is becoming more evident in my life that there is more than just sacrificing time, popularity, or even your life. I believe it is safe to say that each of us encounters trials and hardships on a daily basis, and there are some that are harder than others. During the times when you seem to be dealing with more than you had bargained for, it becomes much easier to make up an excuse as to why you cannot fight for the cause of liberty at that time. The struggles you face may make you feel like you have too much on your plate so you cannot continue to pursue the things you were before. To put it simply; these trials may make it easier for you to give up. However; difficult times are no reason to give up, in fact, they should only push you to work harder, as impossible as that may seem. Trails are what challenge you, and only as you endure through them can you see what you are truly capable of. The world is hard, and it likes to throw unexpected events in your way, but sometimes what helps is looking at those hard times with a different perspective. The definition of a trial is “a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone”. Yes, they can be hard. But once you see them for what they truly are, tests of your strength, it becomes easier to navigate through them. I know that this does not make it effortless, and sometimes it is okay to have moments to just sit down, take a deep breathe, and remind yourself that it is all going to work out. Do not forget, however, that you are simply being tested, and the best way to pass the test is to keep trying your best until time is up. Do not see the first difficult problem and give up, work through it no matter how long it takes! Sometimes the hardest part about fighting for liberty is keeping up with your commitment to do so when the world seems to be crashing down, but by doing so you prove yourself and the load you are carrying actually seems to feel a little lighter. Know you are not alone in this cause and that you never will be, and that it is so worth it to continue in it through thick and thin. Throughout this new year, I have made it a goal to be able to recognize that hard times become easier as I keep doing what is right, even when it may not feel like it, so I can better myself and hopefully those around me. As you think about your goals for this year, I hope you consider that as well, for it will only bring you happiness.
To end, we wanted to thank all of those who have continued to support us and the cause for liberty throughout 2018. We can’t wait too see what 2019 has in store!