for when you're struggling

A Letter to Anyone Struggling Right Now

February 4, 2024

You're not the only one.

Life is tough, isn't it? Sometimes, it feels like you're the only one going through a hard time. You look around, and it seems like everyone else has it all together. But here's a secret - they don't. Every single person has their own struggles, their own battles, and their own insecurities. It's a universal truth of human existence. I know you don't want other people to suffer, but maybe knowing that you're not alone in your struggle will make you feel less alone.

You've Done Hard Things Before

Remember that time when you thought you couldn't go on, but you did? That time when you were faced with a challenge, and you overcame it?

You've faced adversity and come out of it stronger. You've proven to yourself that you can do hard things, even when you don't want to, even when it feels unfair. You will do it again this time.

Resources Are Available

When you're in the middle of a crisis, it's easy to forget that you have resources. There are people who care about you and who want you to succeed. Remember those people, those places, those things that have helped you before when things got tough. They are still there for you.

Things Change

One of the most fundamental truths of life is that nothing stays the same forever. The pain you're feeling, the struggle you're going through - it won't last forever. Things may not get better right away, but over time, they'll become easier to handle and easier to understand.

Your Feelings Are Valid

What you're feeling is real, even if other people can't see it. Your emotions are valid, and they matter. Acknowledge them, understand them, and then compare them to the other facts you have. Life is not black and white - it's full of shades of grey. So, don't deny your feelings, but also don't let them overshadow the other facts of your situation.

Take It One Minute at a Time

When things get overwhelming, take it one minute at a time. You don't have to figure everything out right now. Just focus on getting through the next minute, then the next, then the next. You'll find that, minute by minute, you'll start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Remember, you're stronger than you think, and you're not alone in your struggles. You can and will get through this. And when you're ready to make a decision, you will. Until then, take it one minute at a time.