My gift of "strength" is one I chose because of its significance in my life, and is about to go to someone whom I quickly became close with and love dearly.
While leaning heavily on other people in the past, the most recent years have required me to find my own strength and rely on myself. Several times throughout the past few years, I had no desire to go on. While it has been a sincere struggle, the strength I was able to cultivate from within is what ultimately carried me through.
In the words of Albert Camus, "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer". Often during hard times, a person finally becomes comfortable with herself and learns that all she has been searching for has been within her all along. From this knowledge, she is able to choose her path with strength and contentment.
This has been my journey, so now I am giving this key to Anna because she is at a time of transition in her life. The decisions she's making right now and the journey she may embark on all require a profound amount of strength. She has already shown that she has the strength to think about making changes in her life. I'm passing this key on to her in the hopes that it holds some of the strength I've been able to discover in myself, and that it will help support her in times when she doesn't feel quite so strong.
I hope that when she sees the key, she remembers her strength and power, and remembers that she has the ability to get through anything that comes her way. I hope it also reminds her that there is a group of people (including me) surrounding her who will be her strength when she has none.
"Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome." This key holds all of the strength I've cultivated. I hope it helps you win your battles, and overcome your fears.