When I’m going through a hard time, I always remember the words a wise stranger shared with me when I was incredibly broken and struggling after a bad relationship ended:
“The part of you that’s afraid, that’s the wound. Don’t feed the wound. Feed the part of you that’s coming alive, and you’ll be too busy living an amazing life to notice the fear.”
I’ve never forgotten his words.
And I remind myself of them often.
Feed the part that’s coming alive.
Fear has a way of making us believe that what we’re losing or leaving behind is the only good thing we’ll ever know—even if it wasn’t. Even when it was terrible, toxic, and abusive. Fear tries to stall us out or make us go backward because change or growth feels like certain death. But fear is a liar.
You will survive whatever you’re walking through right now, as long as you decide to. You will come out the other side stronger, happier, healthier, and more whole, as long as you don’t feed the fear, and as long as you keep facing forward and feeding the parts that are coming alive. The parts that are meant to pull you forward into what comes next.
Feel your feelings and give your heart the time it needs to mend, but don’t get stuck or stalled out. Keep moving forward—one step, one day, and one moment at a time.
You’ve got this.