So I know this isn’t something I learned today, but I really wanted to share 🙂Yesterday was a pretty big day for me, aside from the fact that it was the first day of the first full week of school. Yesterday marked the culmination of an ongoing two+ year event; I got my braces off. Yes, I know this may not seem like a big deal, but I’ve undergone a lot of pain, both physically and emotionally, for the sake of these braces and straight teeth. Cut up lips, blistered gums, aching teeth, feeling like a dragon and having to adjust to the metal, have all been hurdles along my path. Reaching the end of this journey has reminded me of the saying “No pain, no gain”. Personally, as a runner, at the end of a long run, I must be sore, sweaty, and breathing hard, for me to feel like I did my best. Sometimes it hurts to get there, but the end is always worth it. So now, when I look at my new smile, I’m reminded of what it took for it to be. And you know what, that pain before makes it all the more worth it in the end.