You do not have to be good.
You do not have to know where you are going.
At the moments when you feel strong, let yourself linger there.
Stand in your power.
Feel the energy of your body.
Feel present. Seen.
Save notes about this feeling -- write them in your notebook, or on a scrap of paper to sit in your sock drawer -- and pull them out on the days when you feel weak.
Let yourself float back to that moment, the way your body was glowing. Where do you feel that? In your feet? Your hands? Your belly?
Remember that there is a time for everything, and things will swing back around.
Give yourself grace.
You will not always feel good.
Some days will be more painful than pleasant.
And on those days, go slow. Take gentle care of yourself.
Ask for help.
It may not feel like it right now, but we are all in this together.
I've been there.
I've felt the depths of despair, and I made it through. And, standing in my power, I acknowledge that darkness will return, but it will move through me and I will find my way.
I will ask for the help I need. I will breathe, and move my body, and let go. I know I will also worry, and fret, but I'm learning to do less of those, and to conserve my energy.
I'll always be learning.
I see you.
Keep remembering your strength.
Keep digging deep, feeling into your power.
Photos by Christina Scellato, taken at California State University, Chico.