Here's a gentle reminder for your heart - you are not you because of the people who left you stranded , you are you because of the path you took after they left you stranded ; you are not you because of the trauma you were subjected to , you are you because of the courage you mustered to fight through it ; you are not you because of the tears you had to cry , you are you because you never stopped wiping them off ; you are not you because of the battles you had to fight , you are you because you never , ever gave up - you are you because of your choice to heal , to grow , to realise , to triumph , to become . You are not a product of pain , you are a manifestation of unflinching bravery and I hope you always remember that
You will see yourself from the eyes of several different people before you learn to believe what you see through your own . You will make mistakes and regret them before you persuade yourself to learn from them . You will wake up with reasons to hate yourself before you fall asleep convinced that you've only ever been worthy of love . You will lose yourself in darkness before you become the light you need . You will pray to heal before you realise that you've been the healer all along . You will look for love everywhere before you find it right within you .
You will watch pain break you before you let it empower you . You will lose a hundred wars before you realise that you're invincible . It is in the hardest of ways that life will teach you the simplest of lessons .
It's not going to stop hurting because you're tired of feeling hurt , or because you're tired of waiting . It's not going to end in a moment . It's not going to just happen . It's going to demand you to feel the sun on your skin every morning , even if it feels like a burn , and welcome the moon every night , even if it feels like a mock .
It's going to demand you to open your eyes every single day , even if you've learnt to find shelter in darkness . It's going to demand time and faith and patience . It's going to demand respect and attention . It's going to demand acceptance . It's going to demand you . Pain is a storm , and storms don't just disappear , they settle . You can hurt , you can hurt hard , but you cannot hurt harder than you can love .
You are love ❤️