A Letter to Myself

In any given life there are bound to be some horrible times; losing a job, divorce, death. Those are the big ones. The ones that change you. The ones that can alter the course of your life.
And then there are the days in between, when you’re not drowning in troubling times but you’re not on the top of a mountain either.  Sometimes those days are heavy. You live each day like the one before it and start to wonder if you’re doing alright. Tiredness sets in, maybe an unexplained sadness.

In those moments, I want you to know that you’re doing great. Just keep going.

Know that you are doing the best you can and that is enough.

And even when you haven’t done your best, know that that’s okay, too. There will always be tomorrow – you can try harder, you can do better. Let today be what it is. Let it be enough.

When you go to bed at night, exhausted by the daily struggles, allow yourself to rest. Give yourself permission to relax and be still.

When you get up in the morning, move slow and smile and take a deep breath of gratitude…. For yourself. Tell yourself that things are good and then choose to see them throughout the day.

You will find what you’re looking for, sweet girl. Look for the falling sky and the crumbling world and that is what you’ll see. Seek noble, good, honest things and that is what you’ll find.

Your mind is more powerful than you give it credit for. Believe in yourself. Believe in the life you want. Believe in the person you want to be. You’re probably more like her than you realize.

And when you get stuck in the middle of the day, frustrated and angry – breathe. Just stop and close your eyes and hear my voice telling you that it’s going to be okay, you are doing great.

When you feel overwhelmed and tears begin to fill your eyes, don’t stuff it all deep inside. Let it go, let yourself cry. Vulnerability is beautiful. Let it give way to tenderness, softness. Do not let the world make you hard.

And more than anything, let yourself be happy when you’re happy and don’t hold back. Smile and laugh and dance and celebrate the joys of life, no matter how big or how small. It cultivates a life of happiness, a sense of peace and excitement.

You will not do everything perfectly, my dear. And that is okay. Don’t hide it and don’t be ashamed of it. Learn from it and move forward. Take the lessons with you on your journey and share them in moments of someone else’s need.

Here in these days that are not brilliantly magnificent nor horribly wretched – it is here in this space where it’s easy to get lost. To feel lost. But know that you can always hear my voice. Your voice. If you only sit still and listen.

You are beautiful. You are brave. You are strong.

You are absolutely doing okay. You’re doing great.

Keep going.

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