It’s a horrible feeling, isn’t it? To feel unloved. Unwanted. We know we allow and entertain these feelings, after all, no one makes us feel inferior without our consent, right?(Roosevelt) We let things get to us, we let our emotions cloud our judgement, we let our guards down… we let ourselves down. But perhaps there are people in your life, as there are mine, that reinforce those ideas.

“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle” – Plato

For some this isn’t even a concern, let alone a battle. I admire those people and wonder whether it’s all a facade; braving a smile for the world while withering away inside. You never really know what a person is going through. Or has gone through. We all have our demons. We all have a dark side, even the brightest of us. Everyone has chinks in their armour, and the thing is, if we don’t address our weaknesses, someone else will. We can only mask and hide things for so long, eventually, it will catch up….

But, there’s a difference between addressing our weaknesses and advertising them and adding fuel to the fire.

“Feelings are like stray cats, they go away if you stop feeding them.” – Anonymous

Friends, colleagues, readers, strangers; I don’t know your struggles, I’m not familiar with your battle, I can’t feel your pain for you or make it all go away, but I understand the process, I understand the fight and I encourage you to keep fighting. Whether it’s a fleeting moment of insecurity or a daily struggle, fight on. Push forward, with tearful eyes and sorrow in your heart, if that’s what it takes.

          Because you are so much more than the obstacles you face.
          Because your fight will not only inspire you, it inspires others
          Because the second you stop fighting, they win;

They don’t get to win. Not in this story. Not in YOUR story. So don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. You are stronger than you think. Reach within and propel forward. I’ll see you on the other side and despite what fleeting thoughts cross your mind, despite what you’ve done, think you’ve done, or haven’t done…

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… more than you know.

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