Advice I Didn’t Realize I Needed Until Now

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”-Dr. O

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Update: A Tough Semester

“Your biggest challenge will be your biggest strength.”

These words gave me hope Freshmen Year when I saw no future for myself, and after hearing them again I have been reminded to rediscover my shining light. This semester has done a lot of damage to my feelings of self-worth. I am finally a licensed driver, but I still hold my breath every time I get behind the wheel. I have proven to be my biggest critic and an unhealthy perfectionist and have fallen into the pitfalls of depression and self-deprecation as a result. For the first time in forever, I am genuinely hating myself again. I have convinced myself that I cannot be asking for help as I continue to drown.

This weekend last year, I accepted who I am and owned my story. Here I am now, and I am desperately reaching to rediscover the spark I thought could never die within me. But I know this, all things must pass. As my advisor said, this is not a¬†failure, this is a work in progress. I am still healing. I am still healing. And that’s okay. My progress is not erased and I am still shining even when I am struggling.

To all who have provided hugs, words of wisdom, and kindness when I feel like I don’t deserve it, thank you for being my light.