I know I am not the best one to say this to you, because I do not know who you are, or where you came from. But I understand why you are feeling down. Look, I know the world is a scary place right now. You might be feeling like your individual status in it is ephemeral and meaningless. Maybe, the niche you had carved out for yourself was unfortunately paved over.
You have all the chances in the world
In a world with billions of people, all vying for attention from the universe and hoping to succeed, you might be asking yourself, “What chance do I have?” I am here to tell you that you have all the chances in the world. As many as you want. You make your own luck, girl.
Though it may sound like a joke, I can tell you it is not. Because I was where you were once. I was lost, disillusioned, and waking up every morning was a panic attack. The stammering of my heart as I awoke from dreams of existential crises was my alarm clock. Then I would stare at my reflection in the mirror with bloodshot eyes, thinking about how dreadful living was.
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You have not found your purpose
But I was not living then. If you feel the same way, then you probably are not living life to the fullest yet either. You have not found your purpose. It exists within you. What you need to do is to find a way to summon your purpose, mould it into a wieldable tool, and use it to construct your own definition of success.
The downward spiral I was in took me to the brink of death. I was ready to perish, but I am still here. Learn from my mistakes. Do not let yourself go all the way to the bottom of the abyss before you start to see the light.
Do what makes sense to you
I am telling you to seize the day. Do what makes sense to you. If working where you are now is dreadful. If it ruins your soul and leaves you desiccated, leave. I know it is scary. I know it sounds like diving off the deep end, but sometimes that leap becomes one of intense faith.
For me, it was finally acknowledging what my heart was asking for all along: to dance, to create, to be the free spirit I dreamed of being ever since I was a kid. For you, it is probably different, but the urgency by which you must act upon your desires is not to be disregarded. You have something you want to do, so do it. Stop feeling down. Stop wallowing in despair of the future.
You are the future
Your time is now. Not the next moment, not the moment that is gone. Now. You have the tools within you to fabricate the means of success. Use your street smarts, your book smarts, and the intrinsic wealth of knowledge in all of us called intuition. Open your ears and eyes to the potential that lays right in front of you. You have two hands that can grasp a hold of something so strongly that even the unseen becomes tangible.
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I did it. Others have done it. That is why I ask that you stop comparing yourself to the magazines, tabloids, and to how others perceive you. If someone thinks you are a failure, prove them wrong. If someone thinks you are not beautiful, it is only because they have misgivings about themselves. If the world feels like it is crashing down around you, then just wait for the sun to shine tomorrow.
You always have another chance to start again. And even if there is no tomorrow, at least you can go to sleep tonight knowing that you tried and that it felt good to give it your all.