Hopeful Words

I had plans to write something more substantial by the end of the week, but the past few days proved to be more difficult than I could’ve anticipated. I was simply confronted with challenges that left me with little time to dedicate to anything else. So this post will just be a short collection of quotes that I’ve found helpful in the darkest moments of this week. This goes out to anyone else who has felt a little broken lately, a little lost, a little hopeless. You are not alone. And things will get better.

You are not useless. You are not hopeless. And no matter how scared you are, you will never be alone. And deep down, somewhere, in the part of you that decided the good days and your happiness and your health were all worth fighting for, you know that, too. Hold onto that knowledge. It will see you through the worst.

– Ella Ceron 

Your fragility is also your strength.

– Pina Bausch

Breathe. You’re going to be okay. Breathe and remember that you’ve been in this place before. You’ve been this uncomfortable and anxious and scared, and you’ve survived. Breathe and know that you can survive this too. These feelings can’t break you. They’re painful and debilitating, but you can sit with them and eventually, they will pass. Maybe not immediately, but sometime soon, they are going to fade and when they do, you’ll look back at this moment and laugh for having doubted your resilience. I know it feels unbearable right now, but keep breathing, again and again. This will pass. I promise it will pass.

– Daniell Koepke

Life isn’t meant to be an all or nothing battle between misery and bliss. Life isn’t meant to be a battle at all. And when it comes to happiness, well, sometimes life is just OK. Sometimes it’s comfortable, sometimes wonderful, sometimes boring, sometimes uncomfortable. When your day’s not perfect, it’s not a failure or a terrible loss. It’s just another day.

– Barbara Sher

The good times and the bad times both will pass. It will pass. It will get easier. But the fact that it will get easier does not mean that it doesn’t hurt now. And when people try to minimize your pain they are doing you a disservice. And when you try to minimize your own pain you’re doing yourself a disservice. Don’t do that. The truth is that it hurts because it’s real. It hurts because it mattered. And that’s an important thing to acknowledge to yourself. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t end, that it won’t get better. Because it will.

– John Green

So I just wanted to say that I think you’re extraordinary. I know that sometimes you have trouble believing it about yourself but know that I believe it for you. You are unique and you are worthwhile. You contribute something of value to this world. You are talented and you are good at things.

Don’t underestimate the importance of your abilities just because they don’t necessarily serve an economic purpose. Don’t allow anyone to convince you that what you are good at, what you are passionate about, what you find value in is not worthwhile. Your talents are a reflection of your heart, curiosity, and passions and the things that are important to you are important, period.

Always be in pursuit of what you love. Always do what makes you happy. Always remember that you are extraordinary.

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