We can learn that love is worth a risk and that to hide our love means to hide our true selves.*
Life is not fair. In fact, it’s all shades and levels of unfair. We never get all the things we desire. The people we love die. We fail. The ugly parts of ourselves come out. We work hard, we try to be kind, we do the best we can and sometimes we just don’t make it all the way.
It’s easy to suffer. Suffering is validation. We want to go to that dark hole and live there in our injustices because it’s a comfortable place. Yet, if we keep going there all the time, we never truly come out. We never see that life has much more beauty than we ever knew.
Many of us bet against ourselves. We believe we will fail before we even start. We claim defeat before the fight bell has rung.
Yet, we have the power to believe otherwise. We have the power to choose.
You can choose you.
When you’ve hit that wall for the umpteenth time, choose you.
When your heart is calling you somewhere different than where you “should’ be, choose you.
When loneliness and doubt trick you into a downward spiral, choose you.
When the embers of your passion flicker, choose you.
When the crutch of insecurity flirts, choose you.
Choose you and I will choose me and in doing so we will be the best versions of ourselves. We will find empathy and compassion. Let us not run from the truths of our heart for the stories of our minds. Let us choose to remain with what it is, accepting it is if we specifically chose it for destiny. Let us choose ourselves because the greatest love we possess is deep within.
*Normally I think it would be weird to quote myself but I shared this with my mentee tonight – the same one who often tells me, “Don’t pay attention to them if they make you cry” – and she said it made her cry. I thought others might like it. And it’s my blog so I will do whatever I want