Ouch! That’s the only word that I can think of to describe how it feels to have to put your big girl panties on and grow up. It’s not pleasant all the time being the bigger person. It’s not comfortable letting the grudge go to save the relationship. It’s not fun having to suck stuff up, accept what isn’t fair or cater to someone else’s wants because it’s the right thing to do.

But that’s what growing up feels like—it’s tough, but necessary.

Here are some words of encouragement that I read (and told myself recently). “The person you have been is not the person you will remain.” I can’t stay small, contained, petty and juvenile. And neither can you.

So as we put on our big girl panties today and grow up, let’s remember that it’s a challenge and a gift that we’ve been given by life…and let’s grow gracefully.