An interesting thing about emotion is people's strength in hiding the things they don't possess the courage to face. Allowing our vulnerabilities to show often means risking being hurt even more. While our hearts crumble away, we wear smiles and force laughs, but these actions do not strengthen our souls. Allowing ourselves to become transparent forces us to see behind the curtain, and connect to a deeper place. By capturing these raw moments, we not only open ourselves up to meaningful connections, but we capture a place in time that we will hopefully be able to look back on, and wonder how it ever hurt so much. Life may not look beautiful right now. But when it finally does, we will begin to appreciate the pain that we can not yet understand.