Sadness is a friend that has come knocking at your door far too often. You cannot help but answer – you, who wears tear-stained cheeks and bloodshot eyes. Rain pounds on your windows like it is trying to find you. Darkness follows you about like a storm cloud you just cannot seem to shake. The once-smiling planes of your face contort into this mask of despair. This shadowy world has become all you know.
Your fragile heart is breaking. The ship has sailed in this hurricane for far too long; you are sinking, and you have forgotten how to swim. Drowning, drowning – tomorrow seems to be an impossible dream. Sleep, eternal sleep seems to dance, tempting in its soothing song of escape. This world is already over. You are ready to let go.
Don’t you know this world is beautiful? Don’t you know you are loved? Don’t you know that happiness could lie ahead? The battle will be hard – you will have to fight, fight with every ounce of your being. There will be days of sorrow, of monsters come to prowl, but you will survive because you must.
Every step will be a miracle, every word a prayer, every breath an hallelujah to the universe watching over you.
Choose love, choose life. Choose summer days and the sandcastles you will build. Choose the quiet mornings when the world is still sleeping. Choose dancing in the rain, a warm cup of coffee. Choose old books and freshly cut grass. Choose sunshine and rain and singing along to the radio at the top of your lungs. Choose falling leaves and the smell of trees.
Choose dancing in the midst of a crowded ballroom, his hands warm against yours. Choose sighing and laughing and rolling your eyes. Choose skydiving and bungee jumping. Choose unhealthy food and mountain climbing. Choose music. Choose all the books you have yet to read, all the people you have yet to meet, all the songs you have yet to hear, all the places you have yet to see. Choose hope and courage and wonder and adventure and everything in between.
Choose everything you were too afraid to let yourself love.
Choose tomorrow, because the world is so much brighter than it seems.
There will be better days.