Do you ever want to just hug your past self and tell her that everything is going to be okay?
That things will happen for a reason, and it’s always darkest before the dawn.
To tell her that this is never the end.
That there’s so much more down the road that’s to come.
New beginnings, middles, and endings of things that you can’t even imagine occurring.
That there’s a reason your heart tells you to do certain things.
Listen to it.
It may lead you astray from time to time, but in the end, you’ll always be glad to have taken the chance, explored, and discovered, even when you figure out it doesn’t work.
The positives will always outweigh the negatives.
And if they don’t-
Change the way you look at things.
Try a different perspective.
Or- make changes in your life that will make it the life you want to lead.
Love with all your heart.
Work for what you want.
There will be bad times.
There will be struggles, periods of drought, doubt, and fear.
But- those are just finite blocks of time that will seem like tiny squares when you zoom out to see the beauty of the whole life you have had the privilege to lead.
Give thanks everyday.
For the ones you have, the ones you had, and the ones you have yet to meet.
The world is going to be a crazy place, but in the end, you’ll make it out okay.
You have the friends you deserve, the family you need, the heart and mind that allows you to face head-on even the toughest adversity.
You will learn and grow and mature (or not!) with each coming day.
Don’t let those days slip away and blend into one streak of grey.
Cherish them as individuals, as the separate entities that they are that allow you to make up a beautiful whole.
Everything will be okay, Angela.
Maybe it’s okay not to have a “thing.”
Maybe you can just be defined as the things that make you a person a good person and not just an asset to society.
Because those are two different things.
And I think, somewhere along the line, it became less about being a good person, a good individual, and more about well what can you do for us- what can you do for society? What service can you deliver?
But isn’t enough to have the capacity to care for human beings?
I would take a sweet, genuinely kind-hearted person over a complete jerk who makes you feel bad about yourself who’s really good at one thing to incorporate into my life any day.
I don’t need a “thing.”
I don’t need to be defined by the one “thing” that I’ve been doing since 4th grade.
Maybe this is the time to recreate my identity.
To figure out who I am, not within just the confines of a category, but just in my life.
Pakistani teenager Aitzaz Hasan died Monday after tackling a suicide bomber trying to enter his school. By sacrificing himself, he saved the lives of the 2,000 students studying inside. Hasan’s father says, ”My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”
This is bravery. This is selflessness. This is true courage.
why isnt this all over the worlds newspapers this is truly amazing!!!!!
Rest in peace, Uncle.
You will forever live on in our hearts and thoughts. <3