I don’t know what you’re going through. But I know that life is really hard.
I know you’ve been navigating a pandemic — and all that comes with that. I know you’ve been experiencing mental health issues — because, to one degree or another, we all do.
And there’s a host of other things that could be trying to tear you down. Maybe you’re dealing with racism, sexism, or poverty. Maybe you’re struggling to find a job, or to just have hope for tomorrow.
I’m sorry for everything you’re going through — all the circumstances trying to turn your light off, fill your heart with hate, and tempt you to become resentful towards life itself.
This world is not a walk in the park.
But you can fight back. You can take a deep breath and remember that you have the power to create your own little society right there where you are. You can be the change your want to see in the world, as Ghandi said. That’s all we really have anyway. Some of us may rise to power and find ourselves with a platform and the potential to make sweeping changes. But most of us won’t.
Most of us are with our most important mission right now — ourselves.
So don’t let other people, don’t let the news, don’t let anything cause your heart to be overrun with hate. Don’t let your negative emotions — sparked by external forces — dictate the decisions about your life. And don’t close up toward other people just because of the hurtful words and actions of some people.
“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’”
― Kurt Vonnegut
These are tough times. But they’ve been tough. And they will be tough. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is just to not give up — to remain kind, open, and hopeful. It’ll feel stupid and wrong in the midst of so much pain, hate, and ignorance. But if your desire is for a more kind, open, and just world, then make it happen by becoming that kindness, that openness, and that justice.
It’s difficult not to give up and let your heart be overrun with everything. That’s why it’s a triumph unto itself. It’s priority number one. It’s our human calling. It’s your mission, should you choose to accept it.