You. Yes, you.

I know it's tough, I know you feel like you can't go another day, but - and trust me on this - it will get better.

It may feel like the world is collapsing around you, and it may actually be collapsing around you, but just hang in there. One more step.
We live in a world that is unpredictable, unfair and relentlessly brutal. A world that sucks in so many ways. And this year feels like it's hands-down the absolute worst.

But it's also a world full of hope, wonder and a dazzling beauty that will blow your mind each day.
The sun still rises with the promise of a new blessing, and the moon ethereally glows with the promise of a guiding light in the midst of the darkness.

Let this thought guide you, always, towards hope. Let this certainty renew you each long day and each longer night.
You're here, now. Against all odds. Despite - and in spite of - everything stacked against you, you're here.

Holding on.

You have done so much, you have walked for so long and for so many years, and you have struggled so very much.

And, you're here.

Against all odds.
So, when everything fails, when you feel like you're at the end, just hang on.

Find the small things that give you joy, and the places that renew your soul and hang on to those.

Find people that lift you up, cheer you on, and run with you and spend (more) time with them.
Remember, always, the good things, and learn from the bad ones. The lessons have been tough, but they've made you stronger and wiser.

Celebrate life, in whatever small way you can and cherish the moments of peace you can find, like the laughter of friends or a gentle breeze.
Make time for you - as much as you can - and jealously guard that time. Be selfish with your peace, and generous with your love and kindness.

But above all, celebrate life, every single day.

And hang in there. One more step.

I'm rooting for you.

We all are.



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