This year has been a long roller-coaster ride for me and it’s still not over yet. I’m feeling bruise and battered, but I’m still keeping my head up high, working hard and hoping for the best. In times like this, I turn to Louise Erdrich’s words and know that life is hard. It is really, really hard. But I am still alive and I am here to risk it all again, to keep hoping and loving and working and living and tasting its sweetness, as much of it as I am able to.