You're In the Driver's Seat
Over the years, I've lost some of the people closest to me.
I've lost some incredible friendships and relationships, and one thing I've learned about losing is that it never makes sense in the moment. One thing I've learned is that you can't possibly understand how much your loss might benefit you in the future while you're going through.
Loss never makes any sense in the moment, but it'll always make sense in the future. When you lose, you have a choice—you can bury yourself in the ground and be stagnant, or you can choose to turn the page and continue to live your life. You might be in that same dark chapter for a while longer, but as long as you're turning pages, things are getting better. As long as you're moving forward, you're leaving your pain behind and advancing your character arc.
I want to really challenge everyone who's reading this today. I want you to challenge yourself to control your perspective, and I want you to challenge yourself to find the deeper hidden meanings in your life. I want you to remember that you have the power to create positivity in any situation, and I want you to remember that no one is in control of your mindset but yourself.
No one can give you joy but yourself. Social media won't show you how to live your life, and the opinions of others do not have the ability to change who you are. This world is full of people who want to see you fail, but let me tell you something—no one can force you to fail. There are people who will push you to the ground, but there is no one on earth who can keep you down forever if your will is strong enough.
There's no rainbow without rain, and there's no growth without pain.
This journey of self-growth is rocky and rough at times, and there's no way to ensure you never fall down. There will be times you trip over your feet and hurt yourself, and there will be times you feel prompted to doubt yourself.
No matter what, I need you to stay faithful. Stay faithful to God, and stay faithful to your vision. Stay faithful to yourself, even when it feels like your life is falling apart, and I promise you that no force on earth will be strong enough to keep you down.
You are going to fail, but that's just part of life. Whoever out there is reading this, I want you to use your knowledge of the fact that failure is inevitable to rid yourself of fear and push onward.
It all starts with you.