was ready for battle.
was aware that it would not come easy.
was prepared to endure more pain.
I expected to be knocked down and bruised.
So, I geared up.
even for surprises that might come our way.
Thinking of thousands of what ifs
Reading hundreds of strategies
that might be helpful in navigating the maze.
I believed I trained and prepared enough,
but was still caught by surprise
when I looked around
that I have to fight alone.