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Hi

We had been through tough circumstances before and found our way out, but it was always outside influences that we were fighting against. For the first time ever it felt like the cracks were within.

--- I'm not sure I understand "outside influences that we were fighting against"?

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... it was always outside influences that we were fighting against. For the first time ever it felt like the cracks were within.
NewguestMaybe it says that the things they were fighting with did not depend on them, they were not their fault???
Yes. That's it.

CJ
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Maybe it says that the things they were fighting with did not depend on them, they were not their fault???

But for the first time they felt that it was their fault that something was going wrong.
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 CalifJim's reply was promoted to an answer.
Thanks Calif!