“The fact that you’re struggling doesn’t make you a burden. It doesn’t make you unloveable or undesirable or undeserving of care. It doesn’t make you too much or too sensitive or too needy. It makes you human. Everyone struggles. Everyone has a difficult time coping, and at times, we all fall apart. During these times, we aren’t always easy to be around — and that’s okay. No one is easy to be around one hundred percent of the time. Yes, you may sometimes be unpleasant or difficult. And yes, you may sometimes do or say things that make the people around you feel helpless or sad. But those things aren’t all of who you are and they certainly don’t discount your worth as a human being. The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved. You can be difficult and still be cared for. You can be less than perfect, and still be deserving of compassion and kindness.”
“I am alive. I am here. I am trying. That is enough.”
I once read a card in Ireland that said, “Sometimes it’s okay if all you did today was breathe.” When we are struggling, we convince ourselves that we need to fight to keep our heads above the water. We need to be strong, we need to keep it together, we need to smile and tell everyone, “I’m okay.” But I’ve found that it’s so much more liberating just to let go. To sit with our feelings of sadness and pain, even though it may be uncomfortable. Maybe it’s okay that we aren’t strong sometimes, maybe it’s okay to admit that life is disappointing at times. Maybe what life is is the journey of letting go and learning to be, and knowing that throughout it all, you are loved and you are enough.