Letter to Self: When Things Get Tough
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Letter to Self: When Things Get Tough

Nothing is ever permanent.

Letter to Self: When Things Get Tough

You know that feeling when you wake up and you don't feel a hundred percent. You're not really sure why you feel down but you can't shake that dreadful, heavy feeling. The day goes by and it doesn't get better. You feel physically and mentally exhausted. We all feel this way at times, and the best we can do is find the reason why. Sometimes, the feeling of such discomfort is so well suppressed that it would take energy and a lot of digging to uncover it.

Maybe it's the result of the recent presidential election, the fact that you don't feel like your career is going anywhere, or maybe you are juggling way more than is humanly possible, or that you are constantly stressed, that your family is going through some hardships, you wished you had a significant other or some close friends to talk to. You just feel down. But remember that just like the good times, the bad times will pass as well. What you are experiencing is not a forever thing.

But for now, all that you can do is try to identify the reason why you feel the way you do, pull the curtains open and start making brand new plans. And yes, life is not always fair, sometimes it knocks you down twenty steps, and it hurts and makes you feel defeated. But life also gives you so many blessings.

For some, it's a loving family, or an amazing career trajectory, or a strong support system. There's a reason why you were given all theses wonderful gifts. So, that when you feel down, you can reach out for some loving support. Don't forget that in a world that inhabits so much negativity lives an abundance of positivity as well. Your job is to not let yourself be submerged by the negative and focus and pull your strength from all the positive things around you.

It could be a smile from someone you don't know, someone offering to help you, an acknowledgment for what you are going through, someone who is willing to listen. Good people come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicity and race. The worst thing you can do is generalize. Don't be quick to judge someone you don't know, or to assume that someone meant to cause you harm.

At the same time, it can sometimes be difficult to focus on the positive or sometimes you just need a break from it all, or you just don't even have a valid reason for why you feel the way you do, and that is okay. You don't need to always explain everything. Feel what it is that you are meant to feel at that very instance. But don't let your inner self sink in self-pity and wallowing. As hard as things can be, you cannot let yourself fall victim to that.

And yes, it is hard. Life is not always easy, but you have to believe that things will get better for yourself. And maybe what you are going through is preparing you to better cherish all the wonderful things that are to come in your life.

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