Sometimes it takes a trip away, to be in your own world, to think and to relax. I basically hid away in the woods for a few days. It teaches you things, to be able to walk through the trees with your dogs, to look into a lake and see yourself and the creatures that swim freely and have a simple life. It’s a reminder that life is very simple. We do what we do to survive. That lake is a constant reminder of when my grandmother passed away, how I jumped in and swam across it. I don’t think I’ll ever think of that lake other than how it empowered me. You have to fight for your right and will to live and learn. That was scary day for me, that July 5th, except I grabbed my determination and went with it. When I was there this past weekend, I had the urge to jump right back in, only it was too cold. So I watched all the creatures who survive, who manage, and it made me realize that whatever comes my way, I can manage my own choices, my own life. We are each our own, and owning who you are is such an important choice.