Have heart, maintain faith, tend to it like a garden, cultivate it, and it will grow strong. Maintain it in the summer, when things are easy, and fight for it in the winter, when the odds are stacked in opposition. If a heart can weather the winter, it will flourish in summer.
Practice patience and forgiveness, let go of the past, let go of expectations of anyone besides yourself, let go of resentment. Take off the blinders, shed the bias, and see the beauty that always was, and always will be. Learn from it all. Admire the simplicity of it.
Hold on to hope. Be open and honest. Listen with open eyes, ears, and heart.
I am not a victim. I am not a monster. I am not a hero. I’m not defined by what anyone thinks I am, nor am I defined by what purpose I may serve for you.
I am more than that. And less than that.
I am just one individual person, wandering through my existence among all these other individuals. We are explorers. Our hearts are uncharted territories.
Just be honest.