Here’s what I know, friend. Those emotions you’re feeling? They’re valid. They may not feel rational. That’s okay. They may not seem logical. That’s okay too. It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to be hurt. It’s okay to be sad. Friend, this is important. It’s also okay to be happy. It is okay to be happy. You are allowed to be happy. People may begrudge that happiness, but you’ve worked hard for it. Enjoy it while it’s here.
Hey. Listen to me. This, like you, is important. You are beautiful. Your persistence and determination are beautiful. Your work is beautiful. Your fight is beautiful. Your rests are beautiful. Your strength, joy, hurt are beautiful. Your heart is beautiful. Your mind is beautiful. Your body is beautiful. That body of yours is fighting to keep your here. It wants you to keep going, and so do I, beautiful one.
You are strong. You are. You’re stronger than you realize. You’re using strength right now that you don’t even notice. You continue to move and breathe and push and try, and that strength is carrying you beautifully. It is okay to be strong, and it is okay to hurt. Those two things can work together. You are strong.
Friend, I’m glad you’re here. While pain and hurt are a normal part of life, remember that does not mean that you must resign yourself to them. There is good. There is light. There is love. You are here. This is good.
Deep breath. Slow, even breaths. Breathe in the strength and wisdom of those who came before you. Breathe out all of the pain and hurt. Breathe in power. Breathe out panic. Breathe in calm. You are loved.
Deep breath. Slow, even breath. With each new breath bring in the strength of the past. Breathe in the stardust of centuries. Breathe in the power of trees. Breathe in the all that came before you. Release all of the hurt and fear and share with the air renewed hope.
Deep breath. Deep calming breath. Let go of destructive behaviors. Let go of doubt. Let go of deprecation. Let go of hurt. Let go of pain. You are free. You are not your past. You are not your pain. You are new today. Start again, free.
Deep breath. Make a choice today. With each breath let go of hurt. Let go of pain. Let go of anger. Let go of resentment. Let go of all bad feelings. Some things are hard to release. That’s okay. It’s important to try. You are worth the effort.
Your pains do not define you. Your pains do not define you. You are the sum of all of your parts. Yes, the hurt, but also all of that beauty, all of that good. We all have pain, and yours is valid. It is, but it is not all that you are. You are so much more.