Take your time, friend. Whatever that looks like, however long that is. Only you know what you need. Only you know if action is rest for your mind or if slowing down is the right thing for you. You get to decide. Take your time.
Friend, setbacks will happen. Things will happen that are out of your control. They may affect you. That’s hard. They may take you back a few steps. That’s harder. Nonetheless, you are valid. You are still in control of yourself. You are still strong. I desperately wish you did not have to keep using your full strength, that it could lay to rest for a while. Still, you are strong. Keep fighting.
Friend, it’s okay to have a bad day, even a bunch of them. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed. You can’t demand consistency for yourself. Humanity is inconsistent. Be gracious with yourself. You’re so gracious with others. Remember that you too have value. Remember that you too are worthy of grace. Be patient with yourself. Healing takes time.
Friend, every day won’t be easy, and I’m sorry. I wish they could be. You’re strong though. You made it through the last hard day, and you’ll make it through the next. One day out of the thousands that you’ll see? You can handle this one day. You can do this.
Friend, you’ve come so far. You’ve grown. You’ve learned. You’ve healed. People will not always be happy for you for this. You’ve put in the work. You continue to work. Remember, you aren’t healing for them. You’re doing this because you want to, because you know you need to. That’s incredible.
Friend, you shine and sparkle in a world with so much darkness. Remember, the world is not full of darkness. It’s not, because in it there are lights that shine brightly. You are one of those lights. Some times the darkness feels too vast. It feels like you’ll never be able to shine in it, but friend, you are shining magnificently. Keep shining, beautiful light.