It had been a long season of hard heartache. Broken relationships, shattered trust, disillusioned expectations. Weeks had been spent in tears until I no longer even had those left... only an empty husk of a heart that was afraid to move in any direction, lest its last remaining thread strength be ripped away.
Over time, I came back to myself. Because you do. That season of heartache doesn't last forever, and you eventually come back to yourself. The laughter you knew before, it comes back. When you look in the mirror, you begin to see more and more glimpses of the girl you used to be, the girl you liked being.
But, the girl you were in the midst of the heartache, she's there too. Behind your eyes, she's still there and this is probably a good thing. For going through the heartache isn't just about getting through it. It's about healing and it's about wisdom. It's learning lessons about yourself and other people. It's about changing and growth.
You will learn to recognize yourself in the mirror again. You will come back to yourself again. But, you will be different, too.