Advice, Inspirational, Personal Growth

The Bad Days Don’t Define You

There will be days when it’s hard.
There will be days when it seems impossible.
There will be days when you’re stressed to the max, or you’re tired, or you didn’t sleep well the night before.
There will be days when you get into a fight with your best friend, or with your parents.
There will be days when you accidentally lock yourself out of your home, or you spilled coffee down your shirt, or you lost your wallet.
There will be days when everything happened. There will be days when nothing happened.

There will be days when everything and nothing is the last straw, and you want to cave. Sometimes, you begin to. Sometimes, you do even though you don’t want to…not really anyway.
There will be days when giving in, when relenting, when giving up seems so easy and so obvious.
There will be days when you feel weaker by the second.
There will be days when you feel lost and alone and confused and scared.

There will always be these days. There will be a lot of them. There will be more than you will be able to count.

But there will always be tomorrow.

And there will always be right now.

And you can always forgive yourself. Right now. Take a deep breath and move on. Right in this moment. It’s not easy, but worthwhile things aren’t.
You will have to learn to forgive yourself, even especially when you slip up, because not doing so will only tie you down. After all, you are only human, and humans make mistakes. We sometimes falter. And that’s okay.

You are not worthless. And deep down, somewhere in the part of you that decided the good days and your happiness and health were all worth fighting for, you know that, too. Hold onto that knowledge. It will see you through the worst.

Because those bad days will always happen, but it’s in THIS moment, right here and now, that you can realize that no matter how many bad days you have, they do not mean you’ve lost the days you’ve won. And there will be more days to win, whatever winning means to you.

This too shall pass, and you will not be any less of a person for it. Bad days can’t take away from who you are. Bad days do not define you (not unless you let them). You are defined by what you decide defines you.

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