Friend, you are valid. Your pains are valid. Your struggles are valid. Your goals are valid. So are those of people around you. We’re in this together. Listen to each other. Support each other, not just in successes. Support each other when it’s uncomfortable, when you don’t fully understand. Support isn’t about how it benefits you. Support is taking a step back from yourself to help someone else. It’s okay to let people in.
You are not the past. You are not your pains. You are not deep-set hurts. You are not the actions of others. You are beautiful and powerful and strong and doing spectacular things. Do not let the hurts of the past control you. Remember them. Learn from them. Grow from them. They do not define you. You are so much more than a year ago, a week ago, a day ago. You’re remarkable.
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.
Deep breath. Slow, deep, even breaths. Yesterday is done. You’ve already put it to bed. Let go of its problems, its pains. Today is free and yours. You are not yesterday. You are not who you were yesterday. You are not your past. You are not your pains. You are the beautiful, sum of all that is in you, which contains so much more good than you often let yourself accept. Notice your good. There’s so much. It’s beautiful. You’re beautiful.