No, It Is Not Just You: Why You Shouldn't Give Up

By Leslie Dawe

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I know how it feels to open your eyes and wonder if you can bare another day, get through it like you did yesterday and try to keep a smile on your face the whole time. It feels like it’s impossible to do, and that you won't be able to get through it. You don’t want to get up and get dressed. Often times the biggest accomplishment for you today will to get up and get a shower. That’s amazing! I’m so proud of you! It’s okay that that is your accomplishment for the day. But it isn’t just you going through it.

Maybe the last time you were in the shopping mall and you saw this girl that looked completely put together. Well she went home and cried all night because she hates the way she looks. Perhaps you saw a guy kiss his girlfriend but he hated it because he was hiding the fact that he was gay. But you never knew. Maybe you were that person that looked put together. “Everybody is fighting a battle you know nothing about”.My absolute favourite way to live is to know that I’m not alone in the struggles I face day to day.

So please, don’t give up. It does get better. I promise you that. I know what it’s like and the struggles will be worth it in the end. One day, you’ll look back and think about how you fought and you won, and it’ll be the best feeling. That will be an amazing accomplishment that I know you can reach. If you think no-one believes in you, remember I do. I know how it feels to think that you’re alone. But that simply isn’t true. There are people all around that will help you. They’ll help get you through it.

For every tear, every day in bed, and every moment of feeling like nothing, there is a smile, a blue sky and a moment of happiness waiting for you to get there. Its waiting for you, and I know you can make it. Happiness is around the corner, just don’t give up.

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