What Every Zodiac Sign Needs To Hear Before August 22


What can you do this week to make yourself proud? Forget what others want for you—right now, their validation doesn’t matter. But what is important is that you’re focusing on the things that make you happy and your own personal growth. Remember, this journey belongs to you and no one else—your opinion matters above all else.


The difficult truth is this: For the most part, we’re all doing the best we can with the tools that we have. And a lot of the time, this isn’t going to be pretty. Being human is such a messy thing—we make mistakes, and we miscalculate, and we get caught up in misunderstandings. But just because we do, don’t immediately assume that we’re not trying or that we don’t care. We’re just learning and growing and stumbling along the way.


Take a break. Seriously, whatever it is that’s stressing you out can wait, even if only for an hour. You can run yourself into the ground and struggle every second of the way or you can choose to find a balance that will keep your brain and body functioning in a healthier way. You can only do so much.


Your emotions are deep and complex, and because they aren’t always easy to put into words, some people will try to invalidate them. Please, do not let them. Do not let anyone tell you that what you feel is unimportant or irrelevant or too difficult to understand. Just because someone does not have the capacity—or simply does not want—to share this emotional space with you doesn’t mean they have the right to belittle you. What you feel in this moment matters.


Self-confidence and self-love aren’t always the same thing. Sometimes we trick the world—and maybe even ourselves—into believing that we’re more compassionate and empathetic toward ourselves than we actually are. It’s good to feel comfortable in your own skin but it’s also important to care for yourself deeply, the way you might a loved one or a friend.


Your healing journey will rarely look the way you think it should. Sometimes the most important thing you can do is just trust yourself—trust that you have the strength to weather the uncertainty, and trust that even when you have no idea where you’re going, you’re going to get there. Even when things aren’t working out the way you planned, and even when you feel like you’re regressing, know that it’s all part of the process.


There will never be one person who gives you everything that you think you need from a partner—and putting those expectations on someone will likely put too much weight on the relationship as a whole. The moral of this story isn’t about settling for less than you think you deserve, it’s simply about finding supplemental support and fulfillment in other areas of your life—in your friendships, your hobbies, your career, and even in yourself.


If you keep picking at your wounds, the scar will only become more prominent. It’s okay to feel your feelings, to recognize your own hurt, but don’t stunt your own healing by refusing to leave it be—otherwise you might end up with an infected thing, a festering thing, an always-sort-of-aching thing. Instead of torturing yourself for short-term satisfaction, choose to put your well-being first.


There is no shame in struggling. The fact of the matter is that life is hard—oftentimes more so than we’re willing to admit. Instead of burying your feelings and shunning vulnerability, look for the people who are willing to extend a helping hand. This doesn’t make you weak or incapable or pathetic—on the contrary, it makes you strong for pushing aside your fear for the sake of your own well-being. 


Sometimes it’s difficult to come to terms with our roles in other people’s lives. Because yes, sometimes we hurt people, and sometimes we disappoint them, and sometimes we forget that our actions can directly affect others. This is why it’s important to stay accountable—to understand the way we may hurt others along the way and to take responsibility for that. This isn’t about punishing yourself, it’s simply about mindfulness and recognizing that whether you like it or not, what you say and do matters.


Sometimes the hardest part of loving someone is recognizing that you can’t fix them. You can’t change them. You can be there for them as they go through their own journey of growth and healing, and you can encourage them to be the best you can be, but at the end of the day, only they have the power to change their own lives. 


There are more people who care about you than who might admit it regularly. The truth is, sometimes it’s difficult to communicate our feelings, and sometimes the world makes us feel silly or stupid for doing so. But that doesn’t mean that love doesn’t exist—I promise you, there are so many people who think you matter. You have a positive effect on people’s lives, even if they don’t always know how to convey that to you.