Dear Twenty- Something,
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”- Anne Frank
Why hello there! How are you doing today? Take a deep breath. Yesterday is in the past, and no one has to know about your melt down over that pound of folgers coffee you wanted.
Moving to a new town is hard. Say it with me: its OKAY to be a hot friggin mess. People tell you that you might come to love the charm of this small (middle of nowhere?) town. You might. Lets check back in May to make that decision.
But right now its okay that you hate it. Its all so new and so different and all of your creature comforts are gone.
But let me challenge you: find beauty in being here for this brief moment. In every season He is present. Sure the leaves aren’t as pretty, the sky always looks bleak and fall just doesn’t seem quite the same. But beauty can be found- in the deep breath of fresh air, and the peek of sunshine every once in a while. Sure this big new space you are calling your own seems like it will never come together and you’re going to live in chaos for the rest of your life, but you have a house, heat, TV and a roommate who loves you.
Keep breathing. When it seems as if the only solution is to cry- breathe. Tears are okay. They can soothe and heal a weary heart. But don’t let them become bitter, for bitterness is hard to weed out.
When it seems that people don’t appreciate you its probably because they don’t. But take heart in those that do! Even if they are few, you ARE making a difference, you are doing something GOOD.
Most importantly, never give up hope. Hope helps build tomorrow. Hope helps make today sane. Hold on to hope.