As a child, I suffered from a lot of challenges. From third-degree burn to stammering. From low self-esteem to depression (The list is endless). I was so unhappy and never saw any reason to be alive but funny enough, I never had the courage to end my life so I always prayed to God to do it Himself.
Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks and months passed but I was still alive, I was still breathing. Like really?!
Years later, I started learning how to love myself genuinely and stop seeking validation from people. I fell in love with reading and watching documentaries about the most outstanding, successful, courageous and influential people in the world.
They all embodied different attributes but one thing they had in common was “a story”
Most, if not all, of them didn’t have it easy AT ALL.! But they kept working, believing and pushing themselves beyond limits because at the end of the day, you can never know the outcome if you don’t try, right?
Today is my 23rd birthday and I want to use this special day to say a word or two; hoping someone gets inspired to never give up. My life is far from perfect and I don’t have everything figured out yet but I keep wondering to myself, “what if I had thrown in the towel?”
Despite the fact that I still have a long way to go, I am grateful for how far I have come. I am grateful for the lives that have been touched through me. I am grateful for the strength and courage to keep fighting and trusting, even when it doesn’t make sense. I am grateful for the ability to believe even when my eyes can’t see. I am grateful for privilege.
I also want to express my sincere gratitude and love to all those who keep encouraging me to fight and hang in there, those who pray for me and reassure me, those who sincerely root for me and hold me up.
I am grateful for those who put their lives out there so we can draw strength and inspiration from their stories. Those who show up for us even when they feel down and discouraged.
I call you blood, family, friends, confidants, mentors, well-wishers, supporters, icons, legends, colleagues etc. There’s no me without you literally! You are Heaven sent.
I would like to encourage someone out there:
Always remember that you are here for a reason. Everyday is a new opportunity so make it count.
The choice is yours to see a stumbling block or a stepping stone in a situation. No one can do you like you. Never let anyone tell you who you are or should be. That’s your choice to make
And yes, we live in a world where there is so much pressure to do “great things.” Don’t let that pressure swallow you up. Remember that we all have our individual paths. We are all different in beautiful ways. Don’t let the world tell you what success is or should be. You should do that for yourself. The goal should be true happiness and fulfillment of purpose.
Live by your own terms and give yourself a chance. It is very okay to take breaks, change plans or even start afresh but remember that giving up is not an option. You can and you will!
Don’t let the world break you. Stand firm and stay strong. Have courage and be good to people. Spread love because it makes the world a better place.
You got this; I promise!