Dear Self,

I know that all these things that keep happening to you and your family make you feel like you’re not worth anything. You feel trapped in a nightmare, lost somehow. Your heart is broken, and it seems as if it will never heal. You dream of things that, in this moment, seem unattainable. This miserable existence is driving you crazy, and there is no escape.

You must remember that all things happen for a reason, and many of them are simply to make you stronger. Life is what it is now, to mold you into the person you need to be for tomorrow. You need to be stronger in body, mind and soul. You need to be smarter, bolder, independent. You need to understand the importance of family.

Yes, there is more to come. But not all is bad, not if you do something about it. Life is about change, but the most important changes are not made until you make them.