You do not owe anyone else anything. The only person you are obligated to is yourself. Deep breath. You can only control you. Take joy in that. You are not in charge of the actions of anyone, but you. That’s a beautiful relief and gift.
Dear one, some days are hard. They are, and it’s terrible. Some days are mean and feel like the constant. Those are not your only days. There are beautiful days. There are life-giving, empowering, fulfilling days. You’ve had hard ones before. You can get through this one, and soon there will be another beautiful one.
Friend, you are so loved. It’s easy to let the irrationalities and lies and insecurities that have built up with fear in our minds take control, to tell us what and who we are, but friend, that’s not who you are. You are so much more than all of those things. You are beautiful and powerful and capable and valid and strong. You are so loved.
Deep breath, friend. Strength is something beautiful. It’s already a part of you. If you don’t believe me, take a moment to observe how far you’ve come. It’s something that we never really fully grasp the magnitude of or appreciate until long after it’s carried us so far, long after the bad is behind us. Some days it doesn’t feel like we have any strength left in us. Friend, I’m so sorry for those days. I promise you though, you have it, and it is carrying you.
You are valid. Your feelings are valid. Your experiences are valid. No one else gets to decide your value. No one else has a say in who you are. Continue on as you are, as you’re doing. You’re beautiful just the way you are. I promise.