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to me,

Hello there,

It’s been a while and things have been crazy and depressing and extremely busy and I know you’ve been thinking of giving up. Throwing in the towel. Moving to New Zealand. That sort of thing.

Lately you’ve felt the raw edges of depression. Anxiety. Hopelessness. You don’t understand what the purpose of your life is. You feel haunted by the shadows of a past that doesn’t even exist, except in your mind.

And yet, despite all of that, you’re still here. You’re still breathing, still alive and functioning. You may be curled up in a corner, hiding from everything that life is throwing at you, but guess what? You haven’t given up. And that is wonderful.

Because, you know something? You are fantastic and beautiful. God loves you unconditionally, in a way that is completely and utterly unfathomable. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with you at all – just because you feel depressed and struggle with anxiety and can’t always handle the day to day pressures of life? That doesn’t mean you’ve lost the fight or that you’re broken. It means that you’re overcoming.

You’ve struggled to find your place in this life, to figure out what your purpose is. And that is a life-long question, if we’re being honest. But right now, in this moment, you are exactly where you need to be and you are doing exactly what you should be doing. You are living your life, you’re doing your small part to impact your community and best of all, you have a network of friends that is better than you could have ever imagined. You may think that you’re alone so much of the time, but you are actually surrounded by love and beauty.

You matter. Life happens and it sucks. It sucks really really bad sometimes. But keep holding your head up. Today is so much better than two weeks ago was. Nobody knows what tomorrow holds. This is an adventure and you just have to remember.

Have courage. Because you are brilliant.

And you are loved. More than you can possibly imagine.

~me

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