I want you to never forget how alive you feel right at this moment.
I want you to embrace how full and amazing this life is.
I want you to remember the nights of laughter that makes your body ache in the most wonderful of ways.
I want you to remember how it feels to be surrounded by people who know your story and love you.
Not in spite of it, but because of it.
You are surrounded by people who see the strength and the passion that is inside you. They are the ones who see the phoenix you have always believed yourself to be.
They do not hide from the dark parts, the sad days and the times you feel like giving up. They love you right through it, until you can feel the sunshine again.
I want you to remember the exhilaration and wonder that flows through your veins each time you embark on a new adventure.
I want you to remember the feeling of embracing your body in the mirror and smiling. Because even though it isn’t perfect, it is strong where it needs to be.
And the softness means you have allowed yourself to live.
You have stopped letting food control you.
The number on the scale is no longer your master.
I want you to embrace the skin that has not seen a razor used as a weapon in over a year.
If EVER there comes a day that the darkness wants to settle on your heart. I beg you to remember. Right now you are living your best life possible, the fullest life you have ever had on your 29 years on earth. and that came after. after the darkness. after the addictions. after the days that seemed just so hard you wanted them to end. But you fought. You fought for the life you have right now , and my goodness is it worth it. I hope you never forget. Even if the dark days creep back in. I want you to remember just how good life can be.
Never give up on it.
The darkness passes.
You are strong enough to conquer it.
You have already proven that.
Right now you are living the life you always dreamed you could have.
Never forget that it is possible.
Do not wage war on your body for it has carried you this far.
Always have hope.