Some Reminders For Anyone Unsure Of The Path They've Found Themselves On In Life 💫🌎
Remember: You were made for this.
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We’ve all been there. We’ve all woken up, taken a metaphorical (or literal) look at our life and wondered exactly how we ended up where we are. We’ve all felt behind, felt like we took a wrong turn (or several), we’ve all felt like a failure. Feeling like you have no idea what you’re doing in life is not something that should also make you feel alone because once again: we’ve all been there.
It can be so, so intimidating to feel like you’re behind or you have no idea what you’re doing. But those feelings of uncertainty? They’re kind of the great equalizer. Everyone has had little (or large) twinges of self-doubt, of anxiety, of fear over making the wrong call and ending up somewhere you never intended to be.
But let us repeat it one more time for good measure: You are not alone. You are not alone with feeling lost in life. And those bad feelings? They’re so small in the grand scheme of things. To quote Ashley Spargo, “You are so much more than you think you are.” So when the bad thoughts feel so loud, and so deafening? Remember that they are just thoughts and we are bigger than them. We are bigger than the bad thoughts and feelings.
And if you find yourself just completely defeated? That’s okay too. That’s part of the journey. There is no beauty without brokenness, no light without dark. And as author Dian Tinio put it so beautifully, “Today, it’s okay to be broken. It’s okay to be hurt or discouraged, and you don’t have to make yourself be ‘okay’.” It’s okay if you feel broken. Because your brokenness does not define you. It’s what you do after and in spite of said brokenness that does.
Here’s a very simple thing that we all tend to forget. To get out of any situation that feels wrong or off you have to take the first step. You have to stop waiting for something magical to happen to turn it around for you and take control of your own future. You have to stop waiting for tomorrow. In the words of Holly Riordan, “You’re allowed to feel overwhelmed. You’re allowed to move at your own pace. You’re allowed to take a break from your problems when they feel too heavy to carry. But you can’t distract yourself forever. You can’t run from what’s wrong forever.”
So when you’re unsure of your path in life, or feel that weight of uncertainty cascading down on you, or if you simply feel like you’re never going to “figure it out” just remember this:
— The Mountain is You, Brianna Wiest
You can do this. You can become the person you want to be. You just have to practice who you want to be, you have to exercise your self-worth like a muscle. And little by little it will get easier, and little by little you will see your life start to transform around you. And you can do it.
What We’re Reading This Week 📖💛
“I do not owe anyone my story. Being comfortable around my body will always be [their] responsibility, not mine.” — Alexandra Capellini
“I’m sure my therapist would say that all this preparedness is a manifestation of anxiety and she would probably be right. Or, it might be about the semblance of control, about feeling safe in my body, about ensuring the safety of the bodies of everyone I love.” — Roxane Gay
“I know how it is. I know what it's like to lose your friends because you're different. But I also know that one person can change everything, and you just have to open up to them.” — Lorraine Warren
“We will all face our own challenges and worries in our own ways during this crisis, and hopefully find our own ways, no matter how small, to make a contribution towards helping the others around us.” — Nicole Stawiarski
“Open your heart to the sky. Live.” — Adam Gnade
“Your heart is yours, and yours alone — as is your love.” — Megan Minutillo
“Fine is the suckiest word. It is the opposite of here.” — Andrea Gibson
“Forgiveness is the greatest act of self-love.” — Dakota Geduld
“The distance between now and then means nothing, and in that knowledge, there is everything.” — Callie Byrnes
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Let us leave you with this:
“Your new life is going to cost you your old one. It’s going to cost you your comfort zone and your sense of direction. It’s going to cost you relationships and friends. It’s going to cost you being liked, and understood. But it doesn’t matter. Because the people who are meant for you are going to meet you on the other side, and you’re going to build a new comfort zone around the things that actually move you forward. Instead of liked, you’re going to be loved. Instead of understood, you’re going to be seen. All you’re going to lose is what was built for a person you no longer are. Let it go.” — The Mountain is You, Brianna Wiest
Stay strong out there. 💫🌎