Work on acknowledging the problem you keep trying to bury down deep. It may seem easier to distract yourself with vices or other diversions, but the issue will continue bubbling under the surface until you find a healthy way to address it.
If you feel something, express it—whether that’s love, anger, or sadness. You have a tendency to put your feelings aside to focus on the end goal, but sometimes you have to let yourself fully embody your emotions. It’s okay to be messy sometimes.
Stop comparing yourself to others. There will always be something about you that is different or unconventional—that is your strength, not your weakness. Your path will never look like those around you, but that’s what makes it special.
Give yourself permission to be selfish about the things you want. You can’t live your life in accordance with what’s best for everyone else or what will keep the peace—nor should you. Doing something just for you is not evil or wrong.
Allow yourself to be completely vulnerable with someone you trust. You may feel the need to keep up appearances or play the part you’re expected to, but you deserve to be honest about what you’re feeling. Let yourself be seen for who you truly are in this moment.
This week, let yourself dream. Stop worrying about certainties and instead give in to the realm of possibilities. Not everything has to be logical or clear-cut. There is beauty in things that feel impossible or out of reach, and there is nothing wrong with indulging in them.
Stop worrying about what anyone else thinks of you. The fact of the matter is that almost everyone will have an opinion, but why should that matter to you? How people perceive you is their business, not yours. Let go of the idea that you have to be viewed a certain way—you are not an ideal, you are a person.
If you feel misunderstood, it’s not because you’re weird or wrong or broken. Sometimes our inner worlds are impossible to translate verbally, and because of that, you may feel a disconnect with others. Know there are people in this world who value the way you think.
Look for beauty in the quietest of moments. We’re all attracted to shiny things but there is a hidden sparkle in the mundane. Instead of running after the next best thing, stand still and uncover the hidden gems that have been there all along.
Letting go of something doesn’t mean you’ve failed. There is nothing wrong with giving up on what is no longer serving you. Success is not necessarily about longevity but about the quality while it lasts—nothing is forever, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth it for a while.
Don’t forget that there are people rooting for you. Sometimes you feel like you are a lonely planet with thousands of lightyears between you and the rest of the world, but that’s only your perception. There are people in this world who want to be there for you and who want to see you succeed.
Acknowledge that something has hurt you, that it has changed you—and then let it go. It’s so easy for someone as sentimental for you to turn your heartbreak into a home, but this is not a sustainable way to live. Your life should not be measured by your scars, because when they start to fade, you won’t know who you are anymore.