You matter. Your mind matters. Your voice matters. Your body matters. Your actions matter. Your opinion matters. Your dreams matter. Your hopes matter. Your perspective matters. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. And especially don’t tell yourself otherwise. You are good enough. You are strong. And you are important. Don’t forget it. Don’t hide away. You matter more than you know.
As the year draws to a close, we naturally reflect on what has been and what will come, who we are and who we could be. And that is beautiful. But as we do so, I’m sure we’ll find that what has been and what will be one of our biggest challenges is the feeling of being good enough. Our dreams feel too high in the sky and our prizes too much like perfection. But the truth is we don’t need to be perfect to be happy or successful. We have a whole toolkit inside our minds, from positivity to confidence to endurance to creativity. And we can mess up, we can grow, we can embrace our flaws. We’ll always be good enough and worth so much. There’s no one like you or me. In this upcoming year, let’s not tell ourselves otherwise. Let’s not limit ourselves with self hate and self doubt. Let’s free ourselves and believe in ourselves. We’re really the only thing standing in our way of everything we want.
Stop punishing yourself. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we act impulsively. Sometimes we let people down. Sometimes we pick the wrong branch to climb up. And sometimes we can’t fix our mistakes, so we punish ourselves for lack of a better solution. Whilst punishing ourselves illuminates our sorrow and repentance, it will ultimately hold us back. We waste time dwelling on the past. We become afraid of making mistakes, afraid to learn and therefore afraid of living. We begin to lose our sense of worth and confidence. Stop punishing yourself. Forgive yourself. You’re still good enough.