Friend, the only person you owe anything to is yourself. You don’t owe anyone else anything. You don’t owe them your time. You don’t owe them your body or your voice or your heart. You don’t owe anyone an explanation. You don’t owe anyone anything.
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.
A beautiful thing you can do is speak out and use your voice. This is a terribly hard thing to do. It’s scary, and the unknown can be crueler than reality. Friend, you do not have to speak until you are ready. You are not beholden to anyone else’s ideals of what you need to do. Take your time. Take all of the time you need.
Warrior, some days the fight never ends, the fight for your survival, for a voice, to be heard, to be understood. Those fights seem endless, and maybe they are. I can’t promise they aren’t. So let yourself rest. You’re already so strong, but you’re so much stronger when you take care of your body and mind. It is okay to rest. Whatever that looks like, whatever form it is you need. Let yourself rest, and when you’re ready, get up and continue the fight, warrior.
Is there bad in the world? Of course, there is. Is there good in the world? Absolutely. I believe there is more good than bad, but bad is louder. So many tiny good, seemingly mundane things are happening all of the time that they don’t stand out anymore. Tragedy strikes and gets a voice because it is uncommon. We don’t do news reports on average events. That doesn’t mean there is good. Stop right now. Take stock. Examine the good. Start by counting yourself.
This is important, because you are important, so please pay attention.
Your voice matters. What you have to say, how you feel, what you think. Those things matter. They are significant. They are your experience, and that is valid. You are valid. You hear me? You matter. Your voice matters. Your heart matters. You matter.
Deep breath. Trust yourself. You can do this. Don’t waste any piece of today on self-pity or destructive thoughts. You have so much you can share. You are a gift. Your voice is a gift. Your strength is a gift. Use them. Be bold. You have this.