Are you feeling overwhelmed by life? Are you going through something that you don’t quite know how to navigate? Do your feelings seem like they are going to swallow you whole? Please, take heart. Please be gentle with yourself.

It’s hard to be the only one who TRULY knows the complexities, complications, and nuances of what we are going through, isn’t it? Sometimes, it’s so hard to know how to make sense of our own feelings—so much so that our overwhelming feelings can paralyze us.

In times like these, it’s so important for you to be compassionate and gentle with your own internal process.

You are the only one on earth who knows exactly the battles that you have had to fight, the dragons you have had to slay, the muck you have had to walk through, the pain you have had to endure, the strength you have had to build, and the wisdom you have had to earn.

You are the only one who knows the depth that is behind your own eyes.

For this reason, beautiful friend, it is so important that you give yourself the kind of respect you would give to someone who has lived through all you have lived through.

It is so important that you are compassionate with yourself, gentle with yourself, patient with yourself. It is so important that you continue to remind yourself that you have made it through tough things and you will continue to make it through tough things. It is so important that you give yourself credit for what you have learned so far instead of comparing yourself with others. It is so important that you cheer yourself on, instead of putting yourself through the wringer.

It is so important that you are fair and kind with this sacred information you have about yourself. No one alive on this earth knows what we know about ourselves, so we must be careful, responsible, and a noble guardian over these things.

Listen to your heart, listen to your dreams, listen to the things that hurt, and take care of them. No matter how much someone else loves you, they can not know what it means to BE you, so you must do the work of BEing you, and taking care of you.

Be gentle and kind to yourself.

You are so very loved.