Regardless of the weight you carry when you wake, you can always choose happiness. You can always choose peace. Find a morning routine that grounds you, that guides your thoughts back to yourself. Thank your body for holding up your bones when every atom in your being urged you to crumble. Thank your mind for being so resilient, for being able to adapt and overcome all the battles that life has thrown your way.
Though it may not seem like it now, the strength that you’ve accumulated through every setback, every heartbreak, will slowly begin to shine. It will radiate out of every morsel of your being. You won’t believe it until you see it. You’ll know it when you find happiness in others’ joy. You will no longer be envious of other people’s success, love, or freedom. You, too, will be free.
It can be a long, windy road to this point, so learn to be patient, to be kind to yourself. Choose to lead your life with happiness, with love, with compassion for all those around you. Choose to treat yourself this way as well. You attract the best for yourself when you grow into the best of yourself.
A bittersweet end to my relationship is what led me back to finding a home in my own heart, to surprising me with my own strength. Today, I finally realized the power of my fortitude as I encountered an affectionate couple in public. Coming fresh out of a breakup, this used to be triggering for me, as I would ask myself, “Why can’t I have that?” or “I used to have that.” Today, I only saw happiness in them, and I had happiness for them. I had hope that when the time is right, when the person is right, I will receive the love that I deserve. Until then, I will be the source of my own happiness.