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.
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.
Dear one, today is just another day. You can get through it. It may not be simple. It may not be hard. You can do this day. Either way. And listen, it may not go exactly the way you’d like, but at the end, you’re done. And that’s an accomplishment too. Keep working. You can do this.
Every day is not simple. I know that. Every day is not light and easy. Some days are hard and mean and heavy and complex. Often that’s how days go, but you, strong and powerful as you are, continue. You fight, and you push. You climb, and you conquer. Even the smallest victory is a victory. You are a champion today. You are a champion when it’s easy. You are a champion when it’s difficult. You, warrior, continue.
Listen, I know it gets dark. I know how hard things can be. You’ve seen some terrible things. You’ve lived some terrible things. You’ve heard some terrible things. I know, and I am so sorry. Know that there is good. There are moments and seconds and minutes and days filled with joy and peace. There are people who love you. There are kindnesses. There are strangers who hold doors. There are children who say goofy things. There are puppies. There are flowers. There are good things. Don’t let yourself lose sight of those moments. Treasure them. Let them carry you through the badness. You can get through this.
Friend, I’m sorry. Life has been hard. Life has been cruel. For all of its misery, you remain strong. You remain. Friend, you are so much stronger than you realize. Keep fighting. Don’t give into the darkness when you are made of so much light.
Friend, here’s the thing. You’re doing great. You are. Listen, it’s hard. Being a person is hard. It looks like a lot of people have it easier. Maybe they do. It doesn’t matter. Your life is what you have, and you’re doing beautifully with it. Keep putting in the work. You’re worth that work. You really are doing great.
This world is hard. This life is hard. Yet, you continue. Not only that, but you are making it better. You make this world better. You make this life better, easier. You are remarkable. You are needed. You are wanted. You are loved.
Friend, you are loved. You are so loved. You are surrounded. I know some days it feels like you’re all alone and completely isolated. That’s okay. It’s hard, but it’s okay. Know this; you are not alone. You are not alone. Maybe you didn’t hear me. You are not alone. You are surrounded with love. I love you.