Breathe

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breathe.
whatever you’re doing right now.
take a deep breath, then another.
you are so beautiful.
has anyone told you that lately?
and there’s something more important.
you’re strong.
sometimes it feels like you’re not.
maybe even most of the time.
but please don’t ever forget.
you’re stronger than you know.
every day, you wake up. no matter what. no matter what you’re gone through,
you wake up in the morning, take a second & appreciate that.
after all these years, you still have hope.
maybe it’s buried inside you.
maybe that sounds ridiculous.
but you keep going every goddamn day.
and that makes you incredible.
but breathe today, breathe right now.
sometimes things are too much.
and I want you to know that’s okay.
there will be times when you want to break down & cry,
times when you want to fall asleep and never ever wake up again.
that doesn’t make you weak.
it makes you human.
and that’s beautiful, too.
after all that you’ve  been through, you can still feel.
never underestimate that.
because you know what that means?
there’s hope.
it means that you’ll feel love & happiness.
it means you’ll feel pride & joy.
it means you’re still alive, but more than that,
it means you’re still living.
stay strong.
stay beautiful.
never stop feeling.

but sometimes, just breathe.

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