Life will always be unpredictable, shocking, and traumatic. Sometimes life will make you feel as if things aren’t going to get better, and you don’t have those emotional assurances that you can turn things around. I know sometimes it feels that your only two companions from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep are fear and uncertainty. But I need you to know something.
In those difficulties, know that life isn’t only happening to you, it’s happening for you. And everything that’s happening is preparing and conditioning you to be ready as you continue to move forward.
I understand that it’s not easy knowing things aren’t going the way you thought they would go. I also understand that it’s more tempting to just give up and torture yourself with your own negative self-talk. But bear this in mind: Trying times are there to signal you to pay attention to your life and yourself.
The difficult moments are there to teach you not only to survive—but also to definitely thrive.
The beauty and strength of this life can be found in those moments where you choose to keep going no matter how painful and difficult your situation is.
In that profound way, you are showing and proving to yourself that you always have the power to decide no matter what. You are moving in the direction of courage and empowerment. Because the truth is, life can knock you down—but it doesn’t and will never rob you of the choice to get up and rise above.
I need you to know that it’s normal to find yourself in those moments of difficulty. It’s completely fine to be there. Yes, it is. But the second you realize that life isn’t going to get better until you become better, push yourself to move forward. Promise yourself to not give up.
No one will make your life better except for you. No one will save you except for you. Life will always move forward and so will you.
You can either choose to stay in that space of misery, or you can keep going, keep fighting.
Remember this: You can’t stop living because of what you’re feeling now. There is more to life than this. You have to continue because your life is worth living.
I want you to stop second-guessing yourself—you’ve got this. You’ve sunk into the deepest despair, but you’ve made your way here. Yes, you are here now. And with that being said, I want you to choose to keep going even if that is the hardest thing to do.
You will always feel fear, but no matter how you feel, don’t give up. No matter how difficult it is, keep going. Because every time you push yourself, you are making a long-term investment for yourself.
And you are worth it.
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