Inspired by this quote: “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” I found it online but I don’t know who said it.
He spread his arms and I leaned against him. “Shh, things will turn out fine. Listen to me, Kenna. You have two choices: you can simply give up and let all these problems slowly drive you insane. You can be weak, kill yourself, stop caring.
“The other choice is where you keep going, you get up each morning, get through each day, hour by hour. You can be the strong person I know you are, the kind of person Aura would be proud of. You can take care of Breanna and let me take care of you, and that wouldn’t make you weak. It would make you smart. Nobody can handle everything alone. Not even Aura. She had her friends and her family helping her. Do you think she tried to single-handedly keep us together? And no, she didn’t, no matter what you might think. We kept each other together, and we can do it again. We just have to choose to.
“What are you choosing Kenna? Because anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing to do, but if you keep going now, then that will make you strong. It won’t matter if you cry in despair, if you scream in frustration, and if you feel like giving up every single second, because as long as you don’t give up, as long as you keep going, you’ll be strong.”
I will probably be going with the title “Kenna’s Choice” for my novel instead of “Learning to Breathe”.