You are who are pretending to be okay when you are hurting inside and barely holding on to the little you have, I see your struggle.
You who are continuing to pour out to others even though your heart longs to be poured into, I hear your cries.
You who are showing up despite wanting to quit, I honor your sacrifice.
I see you. I hear you. I honor you.
And I give you permission to break. To cry out and let others know you aren’t okay. To stop being so strong and tell someone that you feel shattered. To give up the facade of having it all together and let folks know that you are barely breathing each morning because catching your breath is an unattainable action right now.
Someone is watching you praying for the things you wish away. Someone is watching you wishing to have your life because you appear to be so full of life. Someone is longing every day to have a life like yours because they are so unhappy with their own and don’t realize that your sun is blocked in this season as well. Your pretending is casting a shadow on their own life because they feel alone, like no one understands their struggles.
When you open up and you let folks see that there is a dark shadow looming over parts of your life too, you remind them that every level has different devils. That every elevation of life has its struggles. NO ONE is without them.
Do yourself and them a favor and become a bridge instead of a train wreck. Let people learn from you and walk over their trials instead of being derailed by them! You can do it. I believe in you.
I see you. I hear you. I honor you. And I love you too much to let you keep pretending.
When you begin allowing yourself to be vulnerable, the lives you will touch will amaze you. People are hurting just like you. They need to know that someone else is hurting in the same way. They need to see that someone else keeps showing up day after day. They need to know that there is more to life than the pain they feel in the present moment.
And you are that person who can do that for them.
Your story matters to others. Your story can influence them. Your story is what will change their lives because they will realize that they too can overcome.
If you won’t do it for yourself, will you do it for the person who is watching you and feeling like a failure because they don’t have it all together? Share your story. Be real. Let others know that they aren’t alone.
If you are one of the folks who have it together after struggling through some painful times, be sure to share your story so they know that there is hope on the other side of this sea. You can influence those who don’t want to know there are others hurting but NEED to know that someone made it through. That someone overcame. That someone was able to find a way out.
Your bridge may not look like everyone else’s bridge, but it matters just the same.
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