Dear Younger Me: Tough Times Don’t Last

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A real, honest and beautiful reminder by enthrallingjourney.
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Dear younger me,

You won’t have it easy. You’ll feel like giving up. Life will hit you with some of its hardest blows. You’ll fight through episodes of anxiety & depression. Know that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. I know you don’t feel it, but you’re much stronger than you believe. You’ll be able to stand the rain, and when you see the sun shine again, you’ll understand exactly what I was on about.

Cry when you need to, but don’t let your tears define you. Feel whatever you need to feel. Whatever you do, Do. Not. Compartmentalize. Because eventually, you’ll run out of compartments to stuff your pain in; and once pain is rooted deep in your heart, it only leaves room for you to self-destruct.

Pain is part of the process, yes; but don’t let it change you for the worst. Let it teach you…

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