You are more.
You are more than your past.
You are more than the choices you’ve made.
You are more than your mistakes.
You are more than the scars on your arm or on your heart. You are more than the tear stains on your cheeks. You are more than the ache of depression.
You are a person. You have hopes, and dreams, and aspirations. You have people you love and who love you. You have air in your lungs and blood in your veins.
And because of these things, you have a purpose. There’s a reason for the beat of your heart. There’s a reason you’re still here.
Life isn’t easy. It isn’t always fair. Sometimes we suffer, we cry, we ache, and we bleed. And more than anything, I wish I knew the reason for that pain. But in a way, I get it. It’s because of that pain that we’re living testimonies to the strength inside us.
You may not feel strong, but you are. I know you are. Because you’re still here. You may have fought tooth and nail to make it through another night of heartache and tears, but today, you are here. You are alive. And that makes you strong. It makes you a fighter.
The beauty of a new day is that it brings a new opportunity to move forward. To breathe. To live.
You are more than your past. You are stronger than you realize. You are here today. And that is beautiful.
If you’re struggling in any way, there are people who want to help.
The Trevor Project’s 24/7 lifeline for LGBTQ youth: 1-866-488-7386
National Suicide Prevention 24/7 Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
To Write Love on Her Arms: http://twloha.com/blog