Sometimes it’s difficult to be brave and honest and well-spoken and tactful. Sometimes it is exhausting to keep trying to be kind when you want to scream, to smile when you want to cry from frustration, and to remain calm when it seems like the obstacles just won’t stop coming.
You’re an adult. You have to suit up and show up, day in and day out. You have to deal with people you don’t want to deal with, solve problems that you didn’t cause, and be the hero when sometimes you just want to be saved.
You’re improving, but it seems like not quickly enough. You’re constantly caught between wanting to get to where you’re going and not being ready to let go of the person you once were. You feel trapped in your life, wondering if all of the wrong decisions you ever made have clipped your wings and guided you onto a path not entirely of your choosing.The responsibilities mount and more often than not you wonder, how did I get here? Is this really what I want? What is the point?
The answer is yes. This is exactly what you want. And the point is that this is what you’ve earned.
All of your hard work and your dedication and your perseverance have built you into this person that you are now. This work in progress. This twenty-something that feels like you have no idea what you’re doing but somehow you know you’re on the right path. Sometimes you are paralyzed with doubt and plagued by the happenings of the past, but you keep moving forward. You may feel imperfect, but you are trying. You are trying with everything you’ve got to become something more.
You are coming into yourself. You make a million tiny decisions every single day that are propelling you towards the future that you want. Sure, you don’t have it all figured out, but nobody has it all figured out. Not at twenty-something, not at thirty-something, not at any-something. We are all on this journey of personal discovery and all we can do is our absolute best.
There will always be days when you feel like giving up. There will always be times when it seems like the weight of your problems are too much to bear. There will be days where you think that you can’t possibly keep dealing with same people, over and over, who are doing their best to dull your sparkle. At your worst, you’ll believe you cannot possibly keep enduring the three-ring circus that seems to be your life.
What you don’t realize is that you are getting stronger, every single day. Every single day you are becoming better at being you. You are going through these things and you are overcoming them. You are standing up for yourself and using your voice and not taking no for an answer. The more you work, and the more you learn, the easier it is to believe in yourself.
It’s okay to be frustrated and exhausted and reluctant to get out of bed to do it all again. It’s okay to be so full of feelings that you think you might explode. That’s life. It keeps coming. But so will you.
No matter how tough it is, be the most wonderful version of you that you can possibly be.