Dear Rusted Heart,
You can’t change everything all at once and there are some things you’ll never be able to change. But things will get better if you take it all one step at a time. I just hope you keep in mind that the best changes start on the inside.
I want you to know that I believe in you. After all, you’ve been through, I know you can get through this too. You have it in you. You have everything you need, within you. Babe, I get it, it seems like this shouldn’t be happening to you. It shouldn’t be so hard. But in truth, “should” is a pretty useless word when you’re looking to the past. We can’t change what’s already happened. We only have power in the present moment, the power to choose, the power to love, the power to start over.
No matter what happened then, you have a say in how you live now. No matter what’s going on now, you have a say in how you respond, in what you focus on, how you treat others and how you treat yourself. I love you, and I want you to take care of you. You’ll get through.
You might mess up, you might get angry with yourself, but don’t stay down for too long. Don’t believe every negative thing your brain tells you. Don’t let your mind make you a prisoner to fear. Don’t forget that you’re way more resilient than you think or feel.
Please, don’t wait too long to be happy. One mistake doesn’t ruin everything you’ve worked for. If you make one, remember it’s the courage to start again that means more than anything. Where you’re going is more important than where you’ve been.
Take more deep breaths. Listen to your heart. Trust yourself. Have compassion for the things in your life that hurt to look at. The person you’ve always wanted to be is waiting for you. The person you’ve always wanted to be is ready for you.
I love you.