Mandy Hale once said that in “ten years from now, make sure you can say that you CHOSE your life, you didn’t SETTLE for it.”
Regardless of who you are, you have experienced some sort of heartache. Whether that be a loss of a friend, a death of someone dear, a bad break up, bad news, job loss, you name it… someone else out there has felt that sting of heartache too.
But, what I have noticed both in my own personal life and in the lives of those surrounding me is that people tend to carry the weight of yesterday’s pain around with them today. Heartache is not easy, I could be the first to say that. The feeling you get that you’ll never be the same again or that you will be sad forever; that feeling is wrong. If you drink, think about the worst hangover you’ve ever had… how many times did you say the words “oh my God, I am never drinking again.” and how many of you actually never took a sip again? Much like this odd comparison, heartache too fades away.
Pain and aches change us. These experiences are the mold that help form us. They show us who we are when we are at the lowest of lows. These experiences knock on doors that we didn’t even know where in front of us. If you are reading this right now, I want you to know that you are a fire. You are made up of so many irreplaceable sparks of light; from the smile when you think of your first trip to Disney World to the jump in your step when your favorite song comes on. Spark after irreplaceable spark you are extraordinary. I want to remind you that you never have to settle for anything life gives you. If life gives you lemons but you like oranges, throw back the lemons and go searching for your favorite citrus…. (well that inspirational phrase just got strange) Anyway, the point is that for other people to know your worth, you need to believe it too. As soon as you start to believe in yourself and keep your head high, other people will see these things in you too.
So just remember, that life has strange ways of working out just when you think it never will.
And don’t look back because darling, you’re not going that way.