I hope you stop looking around you to measure your own success, for success means different things to different people. There isn’t one perfect picture of what it should be. There isn’t a dollar amount, either. Success doesn’t have one definition.
It’s ok to step away.
I hope you know that you are deserving of someone who cares.
It’s ok to say that I want to pick you, to choose you every day, to make a promise that it’s just you and me in this relationship.
Those who love you will tell you that time will heal all things.
It reminds us that nobody has it all figured out.
Be the one who listens to the voices around you. Be the one who lets people talk.
Sometimes, choosing joy takes discipline. And constant reminders. And acknowledging the despair that is coursing through your veins, so that you can climb your way back to joy.
I hope you make sure that no matter what words you choose – they are all framed by, and with, love.
It’s ok to own your excellence.