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.
Warrior, you really have come so very far. You’ve conquered so much. You’ve accomplished a great deal. Sometimes that’s hard to see in the moment. Sometimes that’s hard to wrap your head around. That’s okay, I promise. Today, you don’t have to look at the whole picture, if you can’t handle it. So let’s just look at all of those tiny joys. That new podcast you love, the way flowers are starting to sprout from the ground, that new dish you tried to make, whatever tiny things are bringing you joy are just as valid as the amazing and huge accomplishments that you’ve made.
Today try to push yourself a little harder. It’s okay if you feel like you’re already pushing too much. It’s okay to take a break too. Honestly, you can’t do today wrong. There are no wrong decisions, just more complicated outcomes. All are learning experiences. So whatever you choose for today, mean it.
Hey, you matter. Your voice matters. Your story matters. Your heart matters. Your mind matters. What you have to offer is beautiful and valid. Maybe everyone you meet won’t want to see or hear what you can offer, that’s okay. It’s not for everyone. That doesn’t make you any less valid.
Deep breath. Think of all that you’ve accomplished, even the smallest things. Today you are breathing. You made it through yesterday. Today is a whole new day for you to be proud of yourself. Look at all you’ve done and how far you’ve come. It’s okay to be proud of yourself. It really is. In fact, you should be so proud of all that you’ve done.
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, it’s okay to push yourself. Sometimes it is necessary to overcome things, but it’s not always. Sometimes it’s important to let yourself take a step back. That’s not failure. That’s understanding what you need, and that’s beautiful and important, like you.