1. There is always someone else out there—someplace, somewhere—who is going through the same exact thing you are, so let this bring you some comfort.

2. People understand way more than you think they do.

3. Never forget that you always have yourself to lean on, too.

4. Sometimes, our most defining moments happen in solitude—please never be afraid to embrace it.

5. The best friend you can ever have is yourself.

6. You are very loved, and you are worthy of that love.

7. There is always someone who is willing to listen if you are only willing to let yourself be heard.

8. Even though you’re feeling lonely right now, this will pass, like all feelings do.

9. As human beings, we’re all connected in our pain, in our struggle, in our need to be loved, and there’s nothing more beautiful than that shared humanity.

10. Someone has already gone through what you’re going through and survived, and this is proof that you will too.

11. It’s okay to hurt, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to admit when you need help.

12. You are biologically wired to love and be loved.

13. People really do care about you, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

14. We’re all truly in this together.

15. You are not, and never were, alone.

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Molly Burford

Writer. Editor. Hufflepuff. Dog person.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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