Has life gotten so heavy lately? Has the pain become too much?
Pause. Take a deep breath and humor me for a while.
Have you ever seen a bonfire? The colors of the fire—blue, yellow, orange, red. The sound it makes when it crackles. The smell of burning wood. The way the fire dances with the wind, how it embraces you with its heat. It’s one of the most beautiful things you will ever see. It silences you. It draws you in. Amazing, isn’t it? But see, for the flames to rise, something has to burn. Wood. Paper. Coal. Something needs to turn to ash for the fire to come alive.
People collect ashes as they go through life. Memories. Failures. Regrets. Some choose to burn and let them go, but others carry it all around with them.
Sometimes we become so scared and lost that we refuse to let go. We stash these ashes in our hearts and on our minds. And every day they become heavier and heavier until we can no longer carry them. That’s why we get stuck. See, the truth is if you want to live, you need to keep moving forward. And you can’t do that if you’re carrying too much.
You need to realize that you lost all the things you were supposed to lose to be where you need to be. Holding on to them won’t bring them back. The right things will come to replace them all, despite every roadblock, discouragement, and disadvantage.
Don’t give up.
You may think you are not enough, that you are weak, but let me tell you, you have what it takes to get through this. With every tear, every pain, every single time you choose to survive, you’re taking one step closer towards your victory. You will heal. You will make it. There will come a day when you’ll be completely, undeniably happy again.
Get up from the floor you find yourself face down on. Choose to try again. Take risks again. Dream again. Maybe laugh again. Don’t believe the lies you tell yourself. You never know what’s waiting for you around the corner. But you won’t see it, not if you give up. So, don’t. Choose to rise every single day.
How much ash are you carrying around? The weight’s getting too much, isn’t it? It’s time. Let go. Burn them and slowly watch your flames appear.