These shoes have been through quite a bit this year! Coming out as Bi, a depression bender, my dad’s heart attack and step dad’s cancer scare have all helped me realize that we as people don’t normally change unless we’re in a state of crisis. I find comfort in knowing that when we’re in a dark place, it’s our natural human instinct to find a way to let light shine in. Practicing gratitude, acceptance, empathy and joy are the only ways we can allow ourselves to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I recently graduated from school to become a children’s book illustrator. I strongly believe that lessons such as this should be ingrained in the back of children’s minds as they begin their journey through life.