Life is hard, no one ever said that it was going to be easy. There are things that happen to us as human beings that can be difficult to bear. People that we love pass away unexpectedly, plans change in the blink of an eye, money continues to breed corruption, and we are sometimes forced to make unpleasant decisions that we never thought we would have to make. We lose track of time and our sight of what’s truly important gets blinded by the things that aren’t. We are all humans, living side by side on a planet that is so far from perfect. That’s what makes strength so beautiful; we can rise above it all. We can plaster a smile on our face and make the choice to be happy despite all of the darkness. We can find our own individual peace within all of the unrest and violence in this world. Rest in the fact that you are an imperfect creature, but that it’s all going to be okay.
Three years ago, I never thought hope was possible. I never thought I could change and I never saw the possibility and opportunity that was staring me right in the face. I looked into the mirror and saw a woman full of broken dreams; I had scars so deep, the pain that resulted from them sometimes rendered me emotionally paralyzed. I saw a woman that walked around absent of feeling. Her eyes were red and lifeless, her arms were full of needle marks, and her soul was full of despair. This woman was completely alone and her life seemed to have become meaningless.
Listen to me. You are never hopeless, you are never alone, and your life is the farthest thing from meaningless. You are a person, as broken as you are, and you matter. Every star and comet knows your name and there are parts of this world that are craving your footprints. You were put on this earth for a purpose, no matter how ridiculous that sounds. If you are ever struggling with something, there are people out there able to help you. When you feel absent of light, when you feel like you are on the edge and you’re about to fall, there will be someone there willing to catch you. Don’t lose heart.
Everything is going to be okay.