This quote has carried me through the nightmare that has been this past year. A series of misfortunes moving between injury, illness, a more serious and debilitating re-injury, and back to illness again has left me feeling broken and raw. Unable to struggle through my usual active yoga practice and kept from letting my emotions out in song, I felt shattered. I truly believe that the difficulties I faced this past year were an outward manifestation of major emotional and psychological challenges I have been going through. I suppose this physical pain was necessary to force me to deal with what was going on inside; but it still left me feeling that I had lost myself. When I looked in a mirror, I didn’t recognize the girl looking back at me. During those dark times, this quote reminded me that I was not shattered. I was not broken. I was a mosaic of the battles I had won. There is beauty in the strength of overcoming one’s own limitations and psychological hurdles, even when it requires living a year of pain. Now, when I look in the mirror, I see the face of a warrior–tired from the fight, but victorious all the same.