In one way or another, every single one of us is struggling with something or trying to tackle some obstacle that at this very moment seems really daunting. That something varies from person to person but regardless, that struggle is there.
Lately, I've been working hard to be a bit kinder to myself. I've said it here before, but its worth repeating, its easier to be cheerleader for others than it is myself and I think a lot of people feel that way. Focusing on the big picture all the time can be incredibly disheartening. While I understand and appreciate envisioning what I want the future to look like, sometimes its fighting and winning the small day to day battles that matter in the moment.
A few weeks ago while watching Glee, I heard this song and cried.
I think its a great reminder, that occasionally we need to take a break from life to toast ourselves and each other. Life's hard, sometimes just surviving the day is a huge victory, even if we just have to get up and do it all over again tomorrow. We never know when circumstances are going to change. As the lyrics say, things get better, nothing lasts forever. We simply need to stick it out together. Sure there have been mistakes, bad decisions, and regrets but intermingled among those moments have been really good ones too. Recognize those moments, learn and move on from all of them. I've spent a lot of time in the past few months being bitter, angry, and sad. Its doing me no good. I'm doing my best to emotionally let go and move on or as the song says put my dreams through the shredder. But stop, take a bit of a break and embrace (or toast), because things get better. There are always new plans to make, new battles to fight, new dreams to dream.
If you are struggling or going through something, I hope that you can take some time out to toast yourself for making it through another day, hanging in there to see something through, and planning new paths for yourself. Toast yourself for sticking it out and seeing it through. For recognizing the mistakes, learning, and moving forward.
Here's to us, friends!