If you read nothing else today, I hope you take the time to read this. Though I try to focus on college on this page, the thought I want to share with you is broader than that, though it certainly still applies.
Imagine you are a child building a Lego tower. At first, you don't really know what you want to build; you're just building. The kids sitting next to you are your friends and family. Sometimes you have to borrow their blocks, and sometimes they have to borrow yours.
After a while, your tower starts to look pretty nice. It's colorful and everything is exactly where you want it, but then it starts to wobble and eventually fall. You've still got part of your tower, but the rest of it's everywhere. It's a disaster.
You might cry a bit because all of your hard work feels like it's gone, and you lost something that was just the way you wanted it. But then you start to build, and you notice your friends are letting you take their blocks. So you build a better tower with your experience and help from your friends and family.
Everyone's towers are going to fall at least a few times in their lives. And each time, it feels harder and harder to start building again, but that's what we have to do. What's the alternative?
So if you've had your tower knocked down recently, It's ok to cry and mourn (that's a natural part of healing), but at some point soon, I hope you can pick up the pieces and start building again. That's the thing about Legos: the fun is in the building.