Friend, the world is hard. To live and be in the world is hard. There is so much darkness. Do not give into it. It might be surrounding you. It is not what you are made of. You are not born from darkness. You are light. You are powerful, warming, bright light. Keep shining. It’s such a beautiful thing when you do.
Friend, you’re still here, and in so many ways that’s a very incredible thing. Life can be so cruel, but it can also be so beautiful. If you can, let yourself be overwhelmed with the good and the beauty. It matters. You matter.
Hey, dear one, you’re doing great. Worn, tired, drained, empty. That’s okay. You know what? You’re still here, and that’s incredible. You continue. You work, and you move. You push, and you struggle. It’s beautiful. Keep it up. Just remember to take care of yourself.
Oh, friend, deep breath. Some days just start out hard. Some of them end terribly. Many of them, lots of them, most of them are absolutely beautiful. Right down to their tiniest details. So, come on, slow, even breaths. Fill your lungs with peace and calm and strength, and breathe out all of that worry and fear and pain. Feel your body be rebuilt by good things, and each exhale takes away all of the bad. You can do this.
Look, in fact, do exactly that. Step in front of a mirror. Look yourself in the face. Repeat after me. “I am powerful. I am capable. I am beautiful. I am strong. I have overcome so much. I have come so far. I will continue. Today, I am in control.” I love you.