I need you to understand that it is okay to have a soul that is both tender and tired.
I need you to understand that it is okay to be gentle with yourself,
That is okay to feel what you are feeling,
That it is okay to let it all crack within the weight of your bones.
I need you to know that it is okay to not be okay,
That it is okay to feel sad even if you do not fully understand it.
I need you to know that you do not have to live in one extreme.
That you do not have to force yourself to feel perpetual happiness,
That you do not have to sit with your damage and make a home out of it.
I need you to know that you exist in multitudes.
I need you to know that you are the product of what is both hopeful and haunted within you,
And it is okay to exist in this world as someone who is simply figuring out how to balance that.
Because this is what they don’t tell you — being a human is both beautiful and burdensome.
It is a confusing and messy thing. Life will amaze you in the most stunning ways, and it will also break your heart.
Life will gift you the kinds of lessons that grow you and build you and help for you to bloom into the person you have always hoped to be,
But it will also carry within it the kinds of losses that stay with you, that change you and mould you in uncomfortable ways.
Life will demand for you to do the work, for you to understand yourself, for you to heal even when it hurts.
For you to be brave, for you to fight for yourself.