Sometimes, our most passionate cries are the ones that no one hears. We scream, begging for an escape from the shadows. We believe that even just a moment alone in the light would silence those pleas, at least for a time.
Sometimes, what we need isn't comfort, but assurance. Affirmation of what makes us different. What will eventually pull us out of the darkness and into the open where we have a chance to shine.
Sometimes, stepping aside and letting someone else have the admiration is what we are called to do. Believing that it is there time and refusing to wish it was yours takes humble strength. The power to push aside jealousy and a need for recognition to be sincerely happy for and proud of them rather than succumbing to self-pity.
Sometimes, we must learn that humility will shine brighter, speak louder, impact deeper, and offer more assurance and strength than recognition ever could.
Always, we need to realize that, while it isn't our time just yet, our time is coming and we must be prepared to live as if we were in the shadows, even when we are at the center of the light.