Have you ever found yourself lost in your feelings for someone? Not a good, mutual, true love kind of lost.
Lost in a way where you’ll do anything to get attention from that person. To get feedback from them. To get a hesitant compliment you had to dig for. Gradually, you become desperate trying to obtain what you’re missing inside and coming to realize it will never be enough.
They can not give it to you and it’s not their fault.
So there you are, lacking all sense of self not knowing where you left it, having spent all your strength on a wasted effort to fill your loneliness. Having neglected your real priorities: your work, your family, your passions…
If you have lost yourself this way, I know how you
felt. Drained of all vitality at the end of the day, wondering why things don’t ever go the way you want them to.
The thing with toughness is that, once you have it, it never really goes away. The tenacity you gained walking your path up to this moment is your most powerful tool.
Tonight, you might fall asleep with tears in your eyes but tomorrow you can wake up and make the choice to not let yourself fade into someone else’s world, where you don’t fit, and use your strength to stay rooted to your own.
Take a look in the mirror. See how bright you shine? That light is your own.