If there's one thing that I have learned over the past couple of years, it's that change is consistent. Life moves like the ocean- in unexpected ways, constantly tossing and turning you from one place to another. During those tosses and turns, it can be easy to lose sight of who you are. Somewhere along the road, you lost yourself. Whether you lost yourself from a relationship, friendship, grief of a loved one passing away, or life simply became too much. Whatever happened to lose yourself, it does not matter anymore. What matters is that you are trying to rebuild what was broken.
You're learning how to walk away. You're learning how to stand up for yourself and how to take better care of yourself. How to say no to the things that make you unhappy and make you feel less than you are. Life is too short to not risk gaining something that will make you happy. You have to make the choice, whether to remain stuck in this hole or to dig yourself out of it. What decision you make will change the rest of your life.
Trying to heal and find yourself again is not an easy process. You will have to take a hard look in the mirror and see yourself for who you truly are. Start with the little things. When you get up in the morning, make your bed. When you're brushing your teeth, floss as well. Wash your face. Go for a run that day. It may not be much at first, but those little things will build up to big things. Self-care will be the root for healing the inside of you.
Immerse yourself with friends and family. You may feel like staying in and being alone, but the more you go out and see people you love, the better you'll feel. Get involved in an activity, like a club or join an intramural league. Make a list of all the things that make you happy and make another list of what you do during the day. Compare the lists and figure out how to include more of the things that will bring your life more joyful.
You can do this. You can become better again. You can feel happiness again. All you have to do is try. Once you do, you will thank yourself for years to come.
It is the beginning of loving yourself. Welcome home.