When you’ve tried it all, and feel you have nothing left;
When you feel so alone, but are surrounded by so much love and light that it feels selfish to be lonely;
When your heart has been broken so many times, you wonder if the pieces will ever fit back together;
When you’ve read every self-help book, but now the words are just black and white contrast of meaningless symbols on paper;
When you’ve tried your usual, and even extreme, self-care regimes and they just aren’t working;
When the space between your ears is light, but there is something more you yearn for;
When crying actually feels good;
When you’ve 'let go' a billion times in a billion different ways, but there is still that feeling that won’t release;
When no one understands you;
When you don’t understand you;
When you randomly wake up anxious;
When you wish you could just let yourself give up, just once, to relieve the pressure valve of life, but self-determination always wins and you’re left confused by the difficulty of life;
When counseling brings you to tears and emotionally exhausts you;
When you seriously wonder how emotions cannot kill a person;
When life kicks the shit out of you so often, it’s now comical for you and others;
When you’ve been in places so dark, it’s a miracle you find the light, but you always do somehow;
When you’ve been through this cycle so many times you wonder how your body isn’t physically tattered and adorned with bruises and scars;
When this is your anthem…know that it’s shared by your tribe.
As painful as it has been, currently is, and will be…sit with it, muster up the strength to embrace it, and learn to accept all the uncomfortable feelings of life’s journey. Wear this anthem proudly, because you are not alone. Although you feel as if you’re the only one in this tribe, there are others of us out there. Why is it so damn difficult to find them? Maybe because we are battling ourselves so hard and spreading light in so many ways that we miss putting our own needs first and this includes setting the intention to find our tribe.
This is why we, our tribe, and our world needs YOU. Your fight may belong to you, but it sure as hell benefits us all. We need more courageous fighters like you. Our world needs people who feel, connect, inspire, motivate, shine, ask the tough questions, but are open and willing to receive the tough answers. Our world needs people who fight for self, and are able to withstand the overwhelming pressures from self and others to ‘give up’. Our world needs you to be you.
Although I’m spreading good motivational vibes, know that I’m doing so from a self that feels held together with duct tape and shitty glue. But in sharing this anthem, I find healing and wear my duct tape more proudly as I crank up the energy of the light it’s spreading through the cracks. I’m proud to be a part of this tribe of fighters, dreamers, and damn determined doers. I’m honored to be in this tribe with you.